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When does my work attracted copyright protection and what are my rights

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26 June 2009

Copyright in a work can be instant provided that it is an original - literary, musical, artistic, dramatic, film, broadcast, and the typographical arrangements of published editions.

The position over in the US is that one must register their work for copyright protection. If you are an employee and you create a work which can attract copyright then unless there is an agreement to the contrary, the copyright owner will be the employer not the employee. If there is an agreement to the contrary vesting ownership with the employee then of course the owner of the copyright will be the employee.

Once you have established that you own the copyright in a work there are a number of rights that the owner will have in respect of that work; these are:

To copy the work

Issue those copies to the public

Rent or lend the work to the public

To perform the work to the public

Communicate the work to the public

Make an adaptation of the work.

By Paul Bicknell (paul.bicknell@lawdit.co.uk) assistant to Izaz Ali (izaz.ali@lawdit.co.uk) Izaz Ali is a commercial lawyer who specialises in information technology law and intellectual property law with an emphasis on IT, escrow and buying and selling online businesses.


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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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