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Copyright Lawyers & Intellectual Property Legal Advisors

Copyright protects an individual's work and stops others from using it without permission. Our attorneys can advise on the type of work which is protected by copyright. Our team can also advise on what to do if you think your copyright has been infringed, or if you are alleged to have infringed a third party’s copyright.

Protecting your copyright


Copyright protection is automatic - you don't have to apply or pay a fee to secure it. Specifically, it protects any creation, including the following:


  • Literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works as well as films and broadcasts. 
  • Tables, compilations and computer programs (including their preparatory design materials).
  • 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 should be taken to document that investment.


If you wish to assert your copyright over your creations, you should include the copyright © symbol on your work. You should also ensure that you keep good dated records of your creative process in case you are required to prove that your work is your own in any future proceedings.


What qualifies as copyright infringement?


Someone can infringe your automatic 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


Why choose us as your copyright lawyers?


If you have been accused of copyright infringement, or if you suspect someone has infringed your copyright, it is vital that the issue is resolved quickly. Our specialist team of copyright lawyers will help by identifying the legal issues and advising you on the best action to take. They can then conduct the case for you or negotiate with the other side on your behalf.


Our copyright lawyers can also help you to license and assign your rights to commercially exploit them. This process may take place in conjunction with selling or transferring a trade mark or other intellectual property. 


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


To read more on how our team can help with transactions involving intellectual property, visit:  IP Transactions & Exploitation 


Get in touch with our copyright protection advisors


Get in touch with our team if you have questions regarding your copyright, or would like to engage us as your legal advisors. You can call us, get in touch via our contact form: Contact Us 

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