Index of our fact sheets and information pages
P-01: UK copyright law An easy to understand introduction to UK copyright law.
P-02: Protecting copyright Identify potential problems and understand how to more effectively protect your rights.
P-03: Using copyright notices How to use copyright notices to best effect in protecting your work.
P-04: Copyright registration Explains the process of copyright registration and the benefits of registering your work.
P-05: Copyright infringementOutlines the suggested procedure to follow in the event that your work is infringed
P-06: Further copyright protection advice for clients Actions you can take to further protect your work.
P-07: Music copyright Specific copyright considerations for musical works
P-08: The Berne Convention An agreement between nations to respect the intellectual property rights of authors of other nationalities.
P-09: Understanding fair use Fair use sets out certain actions that may be carried out, but would not normally be regarded as an infringement of the work.
P-10: Duration of copyright How long copyright lasts will depend on the type of work. The Berne Convention stipulates minimum durations that nations must meet or exceed when implementing into national law.
P-11: Website copyright Exploring website copyright and specific considerations that apply to website designers.
P-12: Writers copyright General information and copyright protection advice for literary works
P-13: Seeking permission Before you can legally sell, publish or distribute another person's copyright work, you must obtain the permission of the copyright owner. This rule applies even if you are only using extracts or samples from the work.
P-14: The Universal Copyright Convention International convention used in some countries that would not become parties to the Berne Convention.
P-15: Designs and design rights Designs may be subject to three types of protection, copyright, unregistered design rights and may also be registered nationally as registered designs.
P-16: Photography copyright Exploring copyright issues in photography, registration advice and specific considerations that apply to photographers.
P-17: Updating copyright registrations Explains our facility to add updated content to your copyright registration as your work evolves.
P-18: Names, titles and copyright Enquiries such as 'Can I copyright a name?' are one of the most common questions we are asked and this seems to be one of the most misunderstood aspects of copyright law.
P-19: Using registered notices How to create registered notices and apply them to your work. This helps to deter copyright infringement.
P-20: Copyleft Copyleft is a term that describes a copyright licencing scheme where the author surrenders some of his rights.
P-21: Protecting ideas'How do I protect an idea?' is such a common question, and there is a great deal of myth and misconception surrounding this subject.
P-22: Derivative works A derivative work is a work that is based on (derived from) another work.
P-23 Registering Websites Explains how to register websites using our service.
P-24 Registering photographic works The copyright registration of photographic work is simple and affordable. Photographers typically submit a collection of many images for a single registration fee.
P-25 Registering literary works Literary copyright covers a wide range of items; not just items such as books, poems, plays and scripts, but anything written, spoken or sung, including works such as computer software.
P-26 Registering art and design work When registering artwork you should submit copies of the work as evidence of the content of your creations. What you actually submit will depend on the type of work you are registering.
P-27 Using the work of others Illegal or unauthorised use of copyright material may lead to legal action or in some cases even criminal charges. It is your responsibility to ensure that you respect the rights of others and only use their work when it is correct to do so.
P-28 Registering software apps Guide to copyright in software applications and how to register your apps with our service.
P-29 Video copyright Film-making from a copyright perspective, legal considerations when making a video, handling copyright infringements, etc.
P-30: Copyright and YouTube videos Guide for content makers publishing on YouTube, explaining responsibilities, liabilities and the steps to take when infringements occur.
P-31: Registering music and sound recordings Advice on registering musical works and sound recordings.
P-32: Registering scientific papers Without registration it can be hard to establish solid evidence of the date of your discoveries, theories, etc., particularly if your research is still in progress and is not yet ready to be published.
Fact sheet pack
Our most popular fact sheets, ‘P-01 UK copyright law’, ‘P-03 Using copyright notices’, ‘P-27 Using the work of others’ and ‘P-05 Copyright infringement’ are available in a free to reproduce PDF format for educational establishments, libraries, advice centres and other non-commercial organisations. .
Our information pack is available free of charge and contains our primary fact sheets about legislation and protection advice, as well as the registration form F-01.
Introduction to copyright
A brief, easy to understand, introduction to copyright law.
Recommended reading for anyone unfamiliar with copyright.
The answers to our most commonly asked questions about copyright.
Intellectual property rights
Explanation of the different intellectual property rights, (copyright, trademarks, design rights and patents), and how they are applied.
Ten common misconceptions and misunderstandings about copyright law.
International copyright protection
Copyright protects your rights and your work all over the world automatically.
UK Copyright Law: A Summary A brief introduction to UK copyright law, the duration of cover, rights of the author and what types of work are covered.
Copyright symbols The © ‘C in a circle’ and ℗ ‘P in a circle’ symbols and their uses.
Copyright and logos Logos are subject to both copyright (as artistic work) and trademark (as branding) protection.
Supporting evidenceEvidence that ties you to the creation of the work and/or demonstrates that the work has progressed over a period of time.
Registering on behalf of the copyright ownerAdvice if you are acting as authorised agent, registering work on someone else's behalf.
Myth-busting the 'alternatives' There are several commonly quoted so called 'alternatives' to copyright registration. They failed when we put them to the test.
Agreements between co-authors If your work is a joint venture, then it may be difficult to establish exactly who owns what. It is useful to clarify this from the outset as this may help to avoid unnecessary disputes and animosity later.
Band agreements (musical works) Taking the time to draw up a band agreement can seem onerous, but it can save a lot of unpleasantness and confusion if the band splits up - particularly if the split is not amicable.
Glossary Explaining some terms used in conjunction with copyright and registration.
Links A selection of online resources and sources of information.