Copyright & Licensing Guide


This is a Guide to copyright in the UK.


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This is a Guide to copyright and licensing in the UK.  Copyright is a legal concept that grants exclusive rights to creators of original works, such as literary, artistic, musical, or dramatic works.  Copyright protection is automatic and lasts for the life of the creator plus a certain number of years after their death.  Copyright can protect various types of works, including literary, artistic, musical, and dramatic works, films, sound recordings, software, and more.  Copyright does not protect ideas, facts, titles, names, or short phrases.  A copyright license is a legal agreement that grants permission to use a copyrighted work owned by someone else.  Licensing offers benefits such as legal protection, access to valuable content, revenue generation, and collaboration.  Some disadvantages of licensing include limited control for the licensor and potential exposure of know-how to competitors.  Key issues in licensing include defining the works, determining ownership, specifying rights, addressing limitations, and establishing payment structures.  Copyright can be protected internationally, and while registration is not mandatory in the UK, it can provide additional legal protections.  Moral rights are a set of rights granted to creators to protect their personal and reputational interests. 


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