What types of artistic work can and can’t be copyrighted?
As long as the work “exhibits a degree of skill, labour or judgement”:
Do I need a licence to perform music in public?
Yes, you can obtain this from the Performing Right Society (PRS) for Music.
You are probably aware that artistic work, such as a novel or an opera, can be copyrighted. But what about computer programmes? Computer Programs are now protected as literary works under the Copyright Designs and Patent Act.
Furthermore with regard to material stored in computers, the selection and arrangement of contents in a database may receive copyright protection, and the data itself may have database right. From the moment the data is created, the database right lasts fifteen years. However, if the data is published in this time, the fifteen years begins from the moment it is published. It is important to note that this right is automatic which protects the data from having its contents re-used and unauthorised extraction of its data.
When it comes to the use of music that contains samples and loops from other songs that have already been copyrighted, it is essential that you get permission from the person who owns the copyright of the original songs that are used in your music before you publish or broadcast your work, even if you’re work is generally original. This is because the parts of the other track that you used will still maintain their original copyright.
Work published online is not treated in a different way – the application of copyright law to artistic work is the same regardless of how the work is stored or published.
For more information about the importance of copyright protection and how we can help you and your business, for free initial phone advice call us on  422300.