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Copyright is a statutory property right which subsists in certain works. Copyright does not protect an idea, but protects the expression of that idea.

A person acquires certain rights where they have created an original work and in most instances becomes the copyright owner. The copyright owner then holds the right to make and sell copies of their work to the public, to perform their work in a public arena, or to adapt their work.

Copyright subsists in a huge range of media from artistic, literary, dramatic and musical works to sound recordings, broadcasts and TV shows.

Copyright is a complex area of law and where, for example, an original work is created in the course of employment, or where there is joint ownership in the creation of the work.

Our intellectual property team is here to advise you on the existence of copyright in a work, successful exploitation of copyright and how to take cost-effective action against anyone who infringes your copyright.

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