Copyright Act UK

© Copyright 2003 to 2014. All material on this site is covered by copyright act UK and all rights are reserved.

No part of this site may be reproduced without written permission of the author, except the short text which surrounds a link back to this site.

Here is a summary of the Designs and Patents Act 1988 which covers the current copyright law of the United Kingdom as applicable to website copy.

British law states that an individual's work is placed under copyright law as soon as it leaves that person's mind and is placed in some physical form as an original. This includes publishing material on a web page.

The UK copyright act distinctively emphasizes the labour and skill that has gone into the work. Copyright in that work is automatically owned by the person who put the concept into material form. No further actions are required to ensure the material is then fully subject to copyright law.

Normal copyright works qualify for protection in two ways, the author of the work, and the country of first publication. For typographical arrangements (web pages) it subsists for 25 years from publication.

UK Copyright Act Summary

When an author (or web designer) designs a web page, that person owns the copyright.

If a work is first published in only one place, which is also a party to the Berne Convention, then that place is automatically the country of origin for copyright purposes.

Copyright starts as soon as the material is recorded, in writing or in any other way.

Copyright is automatically implied, there is no official registration system.

The rights cover copying, adapting, distributing, communicating to the public by electronic transmission, lending or renting copies to the public and performing in public.

In many cases, the author will also have the right to be identified on their work, and to object if their work is altered, distorted or mutilated.

Under UK law copyright material sent over the internet or stored on web servers will usually be protected in the same way as material recorded on other media. So if you want to put copyright material on the internet or distribute or download copyright material that others have put on the internet, you will need to make sure that you have permission from the people who own the rights in the material.

Copyright Act UK Resources

Check if content is unique and original. Monitor the web regularly for plagiarism. We do.

Intellectual Property Office
The Intellectual Property Office (Previously called the Patent Office). They can help you get the right type of protection for your creation or invention. Organisations representing copyright owners can be found here. Contact them on-(UK) 01633 814000

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Summary of the Designs and Patents Act 1988 which covers the current UK copyright law.