IP Basics: What is copyright?

While many have heard of copyright, not many are clear as to what exactly it covers.

Copyright is a form of intellectual property and protects the expression of an idea.

Many believe that they can protect their ideas with copyright, but it is essential this idea has been expressed in the form of a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work.

It is therefore this work which is afforded copyright protection.
Copyright protection arise automatically in a work that is original and the product of some reasonable care and skill. Unlike other areas of IP, such as trade marks, copyright doesn’t need to be registered in order for you to rely on its protection.

If your work is protected by copyright, you have the right to prevent anyone else from copying that work. They don’t need to copy the whole thing, but a substantial part of it. This substantial part relates to quality not quantity, therefore if they copy the most important part, but its only a small part of the overall work, this may still suffice.

In terms of protecting your copyright, it is important that you are show you are the owner of the work and therefore the one who holds the right to prevent copying. This can be difficult especially as there is no need to register. You can place a copyright notice onto your work which notifies people of your ownership and the year the work was created. In addition, you can use the post trick, which includes posting a copy of your copyright work back to yourself to prove that from such date you had created the work.

If you would like more information on copyright and how it can assist you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the copyright team today.

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