Copyright is an often misunderstood category of intellectual property. In general terms copyright protects the expression of an idea and not the underlying idea itself. It does not therefore normally protect technical concepts (which can instead be protected by patents). Some important points to note about copyright are set out below:-
You can benefit from copyright automatically as soon as you have a created a qualifying piece of work. You do not need to formally register copyright.
Since copyright is an automatic right, if you attempt to enforce copyright against a third party they will often question whether you are truly the correct legal owner of the right. This risk can be minimised by ensuring that you keep accurate, dated records of any work created.
Although music and the written word are perhaps the most common forms of copyright, this category of intellectual property in fact covers lots of other things including literary, dramatic, or artistic work (so long as the work is original). Computer software for example is often classed as a literary work and is generally protected by copyright.
For artistic works, copyright will normally expire 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author of the work dies.
Copyright can be used to prevent someone copying, renting, lending, performing, broadcasting or adapting the work.
We provide a range of services relating to copyright including the following:-
– advice on correct ownership
– advice on how copyright can apply to three dimensional articles
– assignments and other transactions in copyright
– contentious cease and desist and infringement services.
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