Intellectual Property: Copyright

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Intellectual Property: Copyright

What is copyright?

Copyright protects your work and stops others from using it without your permission.
Copyright allows creators of the following types of original work to control how their work is used; literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work; sound recordings, film and broadcasts; and typographical arrangements in a published edition of literary, dramatic or musical work.
There is no need to apply for copyright; under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA), copyright arises automatically as soon as an eligible original work is recorded. The copyright in an original work belongs to its creator, unless they have agreed otherwise or the work is created during employment.
Copyright in literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, and copyright in films, expires 70 years after the death of the work's creator. Copyright in sound recordings and broadcasts expire 50 years after the work is created.
[Taken from An Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights
COBRA Business Information Factsheet: BIF012 · November 2014]

Business Guides on Copyright

Our COBRA resource provides a number of Business Guides on Copyright:

Business Information Factsheets

BIF   12   An Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights
BIF 157   A Guide to Using the Copyright of Others
BIF 218   A Guide to Using Copyright to Protect Your Work
BIF 471   A Guide to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

Business Legal Library

LEG027 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988
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