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UK COPYRIGHT LAW

UK COPYRIGHT LAW & LEGISLATION MADE SIMPLE The current UK copyright law gives the creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works the right to control the ways in which their material may be used. The rights cover: Broadcast and public performance, copying, adapting, issuing, renting and lending copies to the public. In many cases, the creator will also have the right to be identified as the author and to object to distortions of his work. But In the United Kingdom, there is no system available to register a copyright work for it to be protected. A work is said to attract copyright protection automatically upon its creation, but without registration, what proof can an individual have to show first ownership? Interpretation is related to the independent creation rather than the idea behind the creation.

For example, your idea for a book would not itself be protected, but the actual content of a book you write would be. In other words, someone else is still entitled to write their own book around the same idea, provided they do not directly copy or adapt yours to do so. Names, titles, short phrases and colors are not generally considered unique or substantial enough to be covered, but a creation, such as a logo, that combines these elements may be. Normally the individual or collective who authored the work will exclusively own the rights. However, if a work is produced as part of employment then normally the work belongs to the person/company who hired the individual. For freelance or commissioned work, rights will usually belong to the author of the work, unless there is an agreement to the contrary, (i.e. in a contract for service). Only the owner or his exclusive licensee can bring proceedings in the courts against an infringement. The full text for the 1988 Copyright Designs and Patent Act can be found at the OSPI (HMSO) website.