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What is the ownership position in relation to legal documents such as a set of agreements drafted for a client for a particular transaction?

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Published on LexisPSL on 15/10/2019

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  • What is the ownership position in relation to legal documents such as a set of agreements drafted for a client for a particular transaction?
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What is the ownership position in relation to legal documents such as a set of agreements drafted for a client for a particular transaction?

Copyright infringement

Copyright recognises the intellectual creation of an author when a work is created. In the UK, copyright subsists in specific categories of works. These are ‘original’ literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works (called author’s rights); sound recordings, films, broadcasts (called derivative rights because they derive from other works); and the typographical arrangement of published editions. Legal agreements would come under the ‘literary works’ category. There is no official system of registration of copyright in the UK. The right arises automatically once the copyright work is recorded, subject to other qualifications being fulfilled. See Practice Note: Copyright—subsistence and

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