If you have created what is referred to as an Original Work of Authorship [wich is often referred to as OWA], what sort of protection does copyright provide and what do you need to do?
Firstly to qualify as an OWA, the work must be the original creation of the author – so it would cover for example, a song, computer program, sculpture, painting or novel. The good news is that as soon as you have finished creating your original work, you get the automatic protection of copyright –prohibiting anyone else from copying, performing or publishing your work without your permission. You don’t need to do anything at all – there is no registration required – copyright is an automatic right granted on creation of the OWA.
However, our intellectual property solicitors do have a couple of simple tips for you to help you protect your copyright
1. Ensure that you actually own the work of art – i.e. that the work was NOT created in the course of your employment, or as a piece of art created for hiring out
2. One simple way of discouraging any copyright infringement of your copyright is to use the copyright symbol ©, and followed with your personal or company name, adding the date the work was created e.g.
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For more information on copyright protection in general and how our Copyright Solicitors can help you, visit our specialist Copyright Lawyers website or call us on 01722 422300.