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Why do we have copyright law?
The law of copyright exists to protect the intellectual standing and economic rights of creators and publishers. UK Copyright law is set out in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act (1988) and its amendments.
UK Copyright protection:
is automatic upon creation of an original work
covers the following types of works: original literary, typographical, dramatic, music or artistic, sound recordings, films and broadcasts
By default, rests with the author/creator of the work, but can be passed to others (e.g. employer/publisher) by contract.
generally lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies.
Copying is permitted when:
you are the author/creator of the work (except where copyright has passed to an employer or publisher).
you have written permission to copy from the rights holder(s) or their agent.
the work is out of copyright, in the Public Domain, or under a suitable Creative Commons Licence.
the work and amount copied is permitted under one of our University Licences
the copying is permitted under an exception to the Copyright act and falls within the limitations of 'Fair Dealing'