What is Copyright?

Copyright rewards the making of, and investment in, creative works while also recognising the need for use to be made of those works. In the UK, the works covered by copyright are: literary (e.g. song lyrics and computer programs); dramatic (e.g. dance and mime); musical (e.g. music composition); and artistic (e.g. painting and sculpture) works. Broadcasts, sound recordings (e.g. the recording on the CD or MP3), films and typographical arrangements of published editions (e.g. the layout of a book) are also granted copyright protection. If certain criteria are met (see What is protected by copyright?), copyright gives the creator (‘the author’) of the work exclusive rights over certain uses of those works. For example, the author of a work has the exclusive right to allow or pre... »

Copyright Related Rights and Licensing

Internationally, related rights are covered by the WIPO Rome convention. Related rights are the rights of broadcasters, producers of sound recordings and some performers. In the UK, broadcasters and producers of sound recordings are granted copyright in their broadcasting and sound recordings, respectively. In the UK performers’ rights are considered to be a separate category to copyright. Performers’ Rights In the UK performers have property rights (e.g. right to make copy of recordings of their performance) non-property rights (e.g. right authorise the recording of their live performance and rights to remuneration) and right of remuneration (e.g. when a sound recording is played in public, the performer in the sound recording has the right to claim equitable remuneration from... »

Locating a Copyright Owner

If you want to get permission from a copyright owner you will need to consider who owns or controls the rights in the material. This person could be: the author of the material or his heirs, or the author’s employer, or anyone else to whom the rights in the material have been sold, or otherwise transferred or exclusively licensed, or a collecting society which has been asked to collect fees on behalf of the rights holder. Copyright is an automatic right and no UK registers exist to locate the author or right holder in a work. If you wish to trace a rights holder, there is no official body that can help you directly, but you could try the following: Contact the appropriate collecting society (see Copyright Contacts) Contact the author’s publisher, agent, representative etc. Carr... »

Small Businesses: Check the Copyright of your Web Images

Small firms should check the images they use on their websites comply with copyright laws, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has warned. The FPB said it had seen an increase in calls about the issue to its legal helpline in recent months, and that it knew of several small businesses who had received letters demanding payment for unwittingly using copyrighted pictures. The business group warned that small firms often entrust web design companies to source and upload images to their websites on the presumption that the design company will have secured permission to use them. However, often this is not the case and liability for any copyright infringement lies with the small business. “We’ve received a number of calls recently from small firms who have been notified by Getty Images th... »

Copyright – Basic facts about Copyright

Copyright – Basic facts about Copyright

Copyright gives the creators of certain kinds of material rights to control ways their material can be used. These rights start as soon as the material is recorded in writing or in any other way. There is no official registration system. The rights cover copying, adapting, distributing, communicating to the public by electronic transmission (including by broadcasting and in an on demand service), renting or lending copies to the public; and performing in public In many cases, the author will also have the right to be identified on their works and to object if their work is distorted or mutilated. What is protected by copyright? Copyright protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, published editions of works, sound recordings, films (including videograms) and broadcas... »