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  1. No need to register copyright. Once it is created and is a piece of copyright ie artistic literary work etc. It will be automatically protected throughout the world.
  2. We offer a copyright bank where you can send your work to us and we lodge the same in the Royal Bank of Scotland. There is no need for this you can send this back to yourself.
  3. Copyright enables the copyright owner, or exclusive licensee, to object to certain unauthorised uses of the work.
  4. Copyright protects the contents of the idea not the idea itself.
  5. The works need to be original. The law of copyright rests on a very clear principle: that anyone who by his or her own skill and labour creates an original work of whatever character shall, for a limited period, enjoy an exclusive right to copy that work. No one else may for a season reap what the copyright owner has sown.
  6.  section 16(3) of the Copyright Act 1988 provides that, to infringe, an act must be done "in relation to the work as a whole or any substantial part of it".
  7. Copyright subsists not in ideas but in the form in which the ideas are expressed. The distinction between expression and ideas finds a place in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to which the United Kingdom is a party (see Article 9.2: "Copyright protection shall extend to expressions and not to ideas ...").
  8. Nevertheless, it needs to be handled with care. What does it mean? As Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone said in L.B. (Plastics) Ltd v. Swish Products Ltd [1979] R.P.C. 551 at 629, "it all depends on what you mean by 'ideas"'.
  9. Plainly there can be no copyright in an idea which is merely in the head, which has not been expressed in copyrightable form, as a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work.

Michael Coyle

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Lawdit Solicitors offer services and advice for litigation, commercial contracts, Intellectual Property and IT legal agreements. We are experts in commercial law with a heavy emphasis on Intellectual Property, Internet and e-commerce law. Lawdit is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates and we are the appointed Solicitors to the largest webdesign association in the world, the United Kingdom Website Designers Association.

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