What does copyright protect?

Copyright protects creative works including artistic works (e.g. drawings or sculptures), literary works (e.g. novels or film scripts), musical works, typographical arrangements and even computer programs.

What is copyright?

Copyright is a right which arises automatically when a copyright work is created. It is therefore not necessary to file or register any evidence of the copyright work in order for the copyright to exist.

In the case of literary, musical, dramatic or artistic works, the work must be original and must also have been reduced to material form (e.g. actually drawn, written down or recorded as the case may be).

How do I protect it?

Copyright arises automatically so there is no need to take any steps to register it.

A common misconception is that creative works can be protected by sending a stamped addressed envelope to yourself by registered post. Whilst this can do no harm from an evidential point of view, it does not create any rights which do not already subsist in the work.

We would advise that during the creation of any copyright work all iterations of the work are dated and kept safe so that it is easy to prove who the author is and when the work was produced.