Copyright is an automatic right which arises whenever a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work is expressed in a tangible form. Where possible the ownership should be indicated by the legend © with name and date.
Items that are protected by copyright include:
- Computer software
- Music and books
Unlike Patents, Copyright requires no formal registration - the length of copyright depends on the type of work. Excerpt from www.gov.uk (Crown copyright):
|Type of work
|How long copyright usually lasts
|Written, dramatic, musical and artistic work
|70 years after the author's death
|Sound and music recording
|70 years from when it's first published
|70 years after the death of the director, screenplay author and composer
|50 years from when it's first broadcast
|Layout of published editions of written, dramatic or musical works
|25 years from when it's first published
For additional copyright information please visit the
copyright section of the UK Intellectual Property Office.
Research, Innovation & Enterprise Support
Please get in touch with the Business Engagement and Innovation Team who can help guide and support you with queries regarding Intellectual Property (IP) and you IP rights.