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Copyright protects an individual's work and stops others from using it without permission.

Copyright protection is automatic - you don't have to apply or pay a fee. Problems can arise however if someone infringes these rights by doing one of the following without your permission:

  • copying your work
  • distributing copies of it, whether free of charge or for sale
  • renting or lending copies of your work
  • performing, showing or playing your work in public
  • making an adaptation of your work
  • putting it on the internet

Copyright covers literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works as well as films and broadcasts. Tables, compilations and computer programs (including their preparatory design materials) are included in literary works. Graphic works, photographs, sculptures and collages are included in artistic works, irrespective of artistic quality, as are works of architecture. Databases benefit from protection where there has been substantial investment in their compilation, but care needs to be taken to document that investment. 

We counsel on all aspects of copyright law and management, including identification of copyright works, term of protection, the drafting and use of copyright notices and the transfer and licensing of copyright works, including agreements. 

We review new product designs and packaging with an eye to identifying copyright matter that can strengthen an overall portfolio of rights. We counsel on effective action against copyright infringement including seizure and detention of infringing goods.

Please contact our experts for more information:

Tanya Buckley, Katie Cameron, Joanne Ling, Richard Parsons

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