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Musicians talk about copyright

What motivates people to create music? What does copyright mean to musicians? Do they use other people’s work? And how do they feel about others using their own music? Where …

Copyright in small and medium sized enterprises

This video explores the use of public domain and licensed copyright materials as inputs to commercial innovation. Interviews with successful UK media firms reveal how the availability of certain expressions, …

How long does copyright last?

Copyright does not last forever. In the UK, and across Europe, copyright in books, plays, music, works of art and films comes to an end 70 years after the author’s …

What does copyright not protect?

There are many things that copyright does not protect. It does not protect information or facts, principles, concepts or ideas. This is often referred to as the idea-expression dichotomy. That …

Self-release

Tina and Ben are faced with numerous decisions about how best to reach an audience and make money from the copyright in their song but they are unsure which route …

Licences

Tina and Ben are not the only ones who have to sort out copyright – so do the makers of the video Going for a Song! Aside from lyrics and …

Publishing and recording deals

Having written their song and performed at the open-mic, Tina and Ben want to find a wider audience for it and they also hope to make some money out of …

Sound recording rights

By recording their song Tina and Ben satisfy the ‘fixation’ requirement and their original song will be protected by copyright. But when they record their song they also create a …

Copyright works in a song

A song is the combination of melody and words. Each is protected by copyright: the melody as a musical work and the lyrics as a literary work. One or the …

Protecting your song

Tina and Ben both own the song in a sense because each has contributed to its creation. However, each owns a different element of the song: Tina wrote the tune, …

Creative Commons licences

In recent decades, a number of alternative copyright schemes have emerged to address perceived shortcomings in the traditional copyright system. Creative Commons (CC) is one such scheme, intended to ameliorate …

Business models and copyright

Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) face numerous challenges related to managing copyright. These challenges are due to characteristics such as size (SMEs range from 1 to 250 employees), availability …