Quick Answer: What Is The Law About Copyright?

Copyright is the legal and exclusive right to copy, or permit to be copied, some specific work of art.

If you own the copyright on something, someone else cannot make a copy of it without your permission.

Copyright usually originates with the creator of a work, but can be sold, traded, or inherited by others..

To copyright something, only three elements are required: (1) fixation, (2) originality, and (3) expression. (1) Fixation: a creative idea must be locked in a permanent state. To protect a song, for example, it must be notated on paper or recorded onto tape or CD. A live performance of that song won’t be protected.

Copyright protects your work and stops others from using it without your permission. … There isn’t a register of copyright works in the UK. You automatically get copyright protection when you create: original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, including illustration and photography.

As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.

As the creator, owner, or holder of the copyrighted material, it’s up to you to enforce your rights to stop the infringing activity. Perhaps the most straightforward and commonly used method to stop copyright infringement is to send a so-called Copyright Infringement Notice directly to the offending party.

In general, copyright does not protect individual words, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs; or mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring; mere listings of ingredients or contents.