Copyright - what you need to know

Do you want to use the value of your creative assets to grow your business?

Do you want to prevent other people from taking advantage of those creative assets without paying you?

Understanding and using Copyright law can help you do this.

The copyright lawyers at LawBite are well-versed in providing copyright legal advice on a wide range of matters. These include identifying what copyright protected works subsist in your business, who owns them and whether they are adequately protected. Our copyright solicitors also deal with contentious issues, including investigating suspected infringement, advising on the tests for determining what amounts to copying, where the line is drawn between legal inspiration and illegal copying, and when and how the defences and fair dealing exceptions apply in the context of infringement claims.

Where you need to transfer ownership of copyright to or from another party, or simply put in place a contractual right to use a copyright work, we can draft copyright assignments and licence and royalty agreement to help you generate maximum revenue. As well as drafting copyright notices/disclaimers and online copyright notice and take-down policies, our copyright solicitors also handle cease and desist letters and general infringement actions and has a strong record of success.

Copyright will not necessarily protect all creative works. For instance, it wouldn’t protect ideas, names or short phrases / taglines, so if a work doesn’t meet the requirements for fixation or originality then our commercially minded team of copyright lawyers can advise how else to protect these works.

Copyright legal advice for your business

Copyright is the legal right of a creator to prevent other people from copying things that they create. The types of creative work that have copyright under English law are set out in a statute called the Copyright Designs and Patents Act, 1988 (or CDPA). Copyright can apply to a wide range of creations, such as:

  • Photos
  • Films
  • Documents
  • Articles
  • Games
  • ‘How to’ guides
  • Audio
  • Databases
  • Designs
  • Compilations
  • Artwork
  • Methodologies
  • Surveys
  • Software

Many businesses own far more copyrights than they realise.

Why is Copyright important?

  • help you protect the value of what you create and stop other people stealing it;
  • add to the value of your company
  • make it easier to raise investment
  • help you create revenue streams from licensing or exploiting your copyrights

How LawBite can help

Our copyright solicitors can help you quickly and cost-effectively to

  • work out which copyrights you own or could own
  • provide copyright legal advice on how to protect your assets
  • help you maximise the commercial potential of your copyright
  • help you avoid infringing other peoples’ copyright

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Frequently asked questions

LawBite is the modern way for SMEs to get the high quality legal advice they need, but faster and cheaper.

As we look to revolutionise the traditional legal process, this may raise a number of questions on how we operate to provide your business with legal advice for your business that is; easier to access, clearer to understand and more affordable.

We have brought together the most frequently asked questions from our customers.

Primary infringement
The six acts of primary infringement don’t require knowledge of infringement or intention to infringe:
  • Copying the work, including downloading
  • Issuing copies of the work to the public
  • Renting or lending the work to the public
  • Performing, showing or playing the work in public
  • Communicating the work to the public
  • Making an adaption of the work or doing any of the above in relation to an adaptation
Authorising another person to do any of these acts is also a primary infringement.


If you’re the copyright owner in a piece of work, only you are permitted to do a number of specific acts during these periods of time; nobody else can do them without infringing your copyright.
The CDPA sets out these infringing acts, which are divided into two general categories: infringement and acts of secondary infringement.

You can get your legal representatives to send cease and desist letters. These letters inform the suspected infringer that he/she is making use of the work without the authorisation of the copyright owner and demanding that this action stops, or the infringer risks facing legal action.

Copyright doesn’t last forever, and the period of protection varies fro different works:

  • Literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works: 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the last remaining author dies.
  • Films: 70 years from the end of the calendar years in which it was published.
  • Broadcasts: 50 years from the end of the calendar year of broadcast.
  • Typographical arrangement of published editions: 25 years from the end of the year of first publication.
  • Sui generis databases: 15 years from first publication.


Acts of secondary infringement require some knowledge by the infringer that the work is infringing and frequently apply to retailers or publishers.
These infringing acts include importing infringing copies of the work into the UK other than for domestic and private use; selling infringing copies; making, copies of copyrighted works; and knowingly transmitting infringing copies of the work over a telecommunications system such as the Internet.

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