Copyright protects a broad range of works, including literary, musical, artistic, and dramatic works. It applies to all sorts of materials, such as written materials, recordings, software, drawings and photography.

Whilst copyright generally applies automatically to the creator of a work, once created it is a form of property which can be transferred as can any other type of property.

The articles in this section outline what laws govern copyright, when copyright arises, to whom the rights accrue and how multiple rights might exist in one piece of work. Also considered is what constitutes a breach of copyright, how copyright might be transferred and how copyright disputes can be resolved.

Music copyright law is a significant area of legal query. For more on music copyright law you can find more detailed information in our Media Law section which is under our Commercial section.

If you would like expert legal advice on copyright then we can help to put you in touch with a local specialist solicitor free of charge. Call our experienced case handlers on 08001 221 2299.