Minor learners

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When it comes to authorship, it is irrelevant whether the creator of a work is a minor or an adult. Minors can also be authors of a work and acquire original copyrights. This is not the same as an agreement to assign the copyrights, which by law is a legal transaction, i.e. a transaction for which legally binding declarations must be submitted. Such declarations can only be made by a person who is of age (i.e., who has the capacity to act, Art. 13 et seq. Swiss Civil Code, SCC). Minors have to be represented by their legal representatives (usually their parents) (Art. 19 para. 2 SCC) – this means the educational institution has to contact the parents if it wishes to obtain the copyrights of the learner; only the parents may give consent on behalf of their children.