Copyright Law

Copyright is a right to prevent copying. Unlike trademarks and patents, copyright is an unregistered intellectual property right, which means that it arises automatically upon creation of the work without a need to formally register the work.

Copyright does not protect an idea, but rather the expression of that idea, especially in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. In addition it protects sound recordings, films, broadcasts, computer programs and databases

In summary, the skill and labour invested in a creation is protected. This means that business letters, websites, company logos, advertising leaflets, photographs, charts, sales brochures, manufacturing drawings, plans can all fall within the definition of copyright work.

Copyright allows the owner of a copyright work to control the use of its original work and to commercially exploit the work by assigning (transferring) or licensing the work.

We have experience of advising business and individuals in this area to protect their copyright works and ensure they are exploited appropriately.