Introduction to copyright and associated rights
Introduction to copyright and associated rights

The following IP practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Introduction to copyright and associated rights
  • Using this Practice Note
  • What is copyright?
  • Subsistence
  • Subsistence—no requirement to register
  • Protected works
  • Maintaining copyright
  • Copyright term
  • Copyright notices
  • Copyright policy
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for intellectual property?

This Practice Note is intended for commercial lawyers not specialised in IP. It provides an introduction to copyright and associated rights covering: what copyright is, how it comes to subsist, how to protect it, deal in it, manage it and exploit it. If you are a specialist IP lawyer, see instead the Copyright & associated rights—overview and Copyright disputes—overview and the documents referred to in them.

Using this Practice Note

This Practice Note is broadly grouped into five main sections that cover:

  1. subsistence of copyright (copyright is not a registered right). This section covers the requirement for the work to fall into a qualifying category of works and qualification generally

  2. maintaining copyright covering duration of copyright protection, copyright notices and policies

  3. dealing with copyright in agreements covering: assignments, licences and collective licensing

  4. asserting copyright covering: disputes, copyright exceptions (also known as permitted

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