Copyright for your business



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, licensed or sold 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 highlights certain copyright exceptions and key considerations around contractors and copyright. It also tells you how to get copyright protection for your work and deal with copyright infringement.