If you are looking for a copyright lawyer then we can put you through to an experienced copyright lawyer in your area. Whether you require advice on how to get copyright protection, infringement or how to license your copyright to another individual or organisation, we can direct you to a UK copyright lawyer who best suits your needs.
What is a copyright?
A copyright is an unregistered right that exists from creation of a certain category of work provided certain criteria are met. Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 copyright works can only fall into the following categories:
- Original literary works
- Original dramatic works
- Original musical works
- Original artistic works
- Films/sound recordings/broadcasts
- Typographical arrangements of published editions
These are closed categories and unless a work falls within these categories no copyright can exist. Even if a work falls within these categories further criteria must be met in order for copyright protection to arise.
In the ‘artistic industries’ including writers, painters, designers, film directors, journalists, and architects (amongst others), copyright is of fundamental importance as it the legal right through which authors can exploit their works and go on to make a profit. However, copyright applies to all industries provided that the work involved is sufficiently original for copyright to subsist.
There must be 'fixation', meaning the work must be recorded by some way by:
- Writing or drawing it on paper
- Saving it on audio tape or digitally
A work must be original and this does not have anything to do with whether it is entrepreneurial, creative or artistic. Rather it means the work must be independent work which must have originated from its author or creator as opposed from being copied from somewhere else.
Works must also be created by a UK citizen in order to attract UK copyright. However, citizens of signatory countries to the Bern Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention will also qualify for UK copyright. Intellectual property is a complicated area of law, and the help of a recommended copyright lawyer in the UK is highly advised.
How can a copyright lawyer help?
A copyright lawyer can advise you on:
- Whether copyright subsists in your work
- Any assignments or licences you are considering granting in your work
- Whether you have a good case in copyright infringement, should you find that your work is being used without your permission
If you are a business, copyright can be a valuable source of revenue. Our copyright lawyers can advise you on all business transactions and documentation which involve the purchasing or licensing of copyright material to ensure that you are able to achieve the best results for your business.
Other forms of intellectual property include trademarks, patents, designs and confidential information. Please see our section on IP law for more information on any of these.
Are you looking for a copyright lawyer to help explain the best method of protection for your works? Contact Law works with specialist intellectual property lawyers who can assist you in any copyright matters you may have, whether contentious or non-contentious. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.
- Last Updated on 26/11/2013