Guide

Managing your copyright

Introduction

Copyright is an important form of protection for intellectual property. It protects creator's rights in original works, such as a piece of writing, a film or music. Copyright comes into existence as soon as the work is recorded in some way.

This guide explains your economic rights from owning copyright. It tells you how to use your copyright and what different types of copyright licences you may use to protect your work.

It also provides guidance on copyright assignment and tells you how to sell or transfer your copyright, how to license or buy other people's copyright, and find a copyright owner.

Finally, it explains what collecting societies and licensing bodies are and what they do. If you're new to copyright, you should also see copyright for your business.