Introduction To Copyright Protection

Copyright protection subsists automatically when you create a new work. It can subsist in:

-Original literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works, including illustrations and photography;

– Original non-literary written work, such as databases, software, web content;

– Sound and music recordings;

– Film and television recordings;

– Broadcasts;

– Adaptations of published editions of written, dramatic or musical works.

In some countries, there is a facility for an author to register their copyright work but this is not available in the UK. As such, it is important to keep accurate records and have evidence of the date of creation of the copyright work as this marks the start of the copyright protection.

The length of term of Copyright protection depends on the type of work.

For example, literary, artistic, musical or dramatic works have terms of protection expiring at the end of the calendar year of the author’s death plus 70 years. Sound recordings, broadcasts and computer programs have terms of protection expiring at the end of the calendar year when the work was first made plus 50 years.

The length of term of Copyright protection in artistic works is reduced if the work is industrially exploited during the term. An artistic work is considered industrially exploited if more than 50 articles are produced with the permission of the Copyright owner and the articles are seen as copies of the original artistic work. The term of Copyright protection is then reduced to 25 years from the end of the calendar year of first industrial exploitation.

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