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What is copyright?

Copyright is a type of intellectual property.

This means that a person is able to own the things they create in the same way as something physical can be owned. It gives the copyright owner the right to decide how their work is used, if at all! They can also decide on terms of use, for example, they might want to be credited if their work is used, or they might want to charge a fee for use.

Copyright is an automatic right granted to any original work. As a general rule, the copyright owner is the person who created the work. However, if an employee creates a work in the course of their employment, the copyright owner is their employer. Copyright lasts for the duration of the author or owners life, and for 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies.

Copyright is important because it means that creators are able to make a fair living from their work and can enjoy full-time careers in the creative industries. It can also protect you in the workplace. If you create original content, then your work is protected by copyright and cannot be copied or reproduced without your or your employer’s permission.

To copy someone’s original work without their permission is illegal and is called copyright infringement. That’s why we simplify copyright for our customers by providing blanket licences that allow you to copy from a wide repertoire of print and digital published content, without having to seek permission every time.

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