Copyright for your business

Introduction

Guide

You automatically own the copyright in any literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works that you or your employees create. These works can range from information booklets and computer programs to written music or paintings. Copyright can also protect any sound recordings, broadcasts or films that your company creates.

As the copyright owner, you are able to decide how your original works are copies, adapted, published, performed or broadcast, or licensed to others to use for a royalty or a licence fee.

This guide explains what copyright covers and how it can help your business. It outlines what you need to do to get copyright protection for your work and tells you how to deal with copyright infringement.

It also provides information on copyright exceptions, considerations around contractors and copyright and database right protection.

Some areas of copyright law will be affected by EU Exit from 1 January 2021. For current information on these, see: changes to copyright law from 1 January 2021.

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