what is copyright

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... »