Copyright is legal right that protects the use of your work. The current copyright legislation in the UK is the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You can find out more about copyright legislation by visiting theIntellectual Property Office.
Copyright law lays out a framework of rules around how that work can be used. It sets out the rights of the owner, as well as the responsibilities of other people who want to use the work. You can do many things with your copyright work includingÂ for example copy, change or sell it, share it online or rent it to someoneÂ as well as prevent other people from doing those things.
The UK has one of the strongest creative sectors in the world. According to government statistics published in January 2014, the creative industry generates an average of 8 million pounds every hour. Every time you read your favourite blog or enjoy something creative, you are interacting with copyright in some way. In addition, copyright protects most creative things you create, too.