Copyright Law

Copyright Law

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Copyright exists automatically, without any registration, in original literary, dramatic, artistic and musical works, sound recordings, film or broadcasts or typographical arrangements.

There is no system of registration and protection is automatic in the UK. It is not necessary to mark your work with the recognised ã symbol followed by the owner’s name and the date or year of publication but it is advisable to do so, even if only to mark the year of publication and demonstrate your awareness of your intellectual property rights which may deter infringers.

Copyright is the right is to prevent anyone copying your work without your permission.  Infringement may be primary, ie actual copying, or secondary, eg selling infringing copies.

Remedies include damages and delivery up or destruction of infringing copies.

Guide to Copyright

We Advise On:

  • the extent of copyright
  • ownership of copyright
  • commissioned work
  • work created by employee
  • infringement
  • settlement of disputes
  • claims in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court (IPEC)

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