Digital intellectual property and your business

The rules on digital intellectual property

Guide

Most digital assets are protected by the law on copyright, which covers anything that is written down or recorded. Copyright is an automatic right - there is no need to register ownership. Copyright owners are usually the people who create or first own an asset, unless it is work created by someone as part of their employment. In these cases, the copyright owner is the employer.

Someone who creates work as an independent contractor automatically owns the copyright to the work. However, the business or person commissioning the work can ask for copyright to be transferred as part of the contract. It is often included as a contract term that copyright is assigned once the contractor has been paid for the work.

For more information, read our guide on copyright for your business.