For further guidance on the duration of copyright, please see the IPO Notice - Duration of Copyright
Introduction to UK copyright law video
A short video explaining the basics of UK copyright law, introducing key concepts and issues for using copyright material.
Created for the University of Bournemouth, Centre for Intellectual Property and Policy Management (CIPPM) by Bartolomeo Meletti with support from the Department of Law at Bournemouth University.
In September 2011, the EU approved a directive which will extend the copyright term for sound recordings and performers' rights in sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. The Directive must be implemented into UK law by 1st November 2013 and the Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performance Regulations will come into force on that date. Note that the extension of the term of protection will apply only to those sound recordings that are in copyright on 1st November 2013. The Regulations do not have the effect of bringing back into copyright those sound recordings where copyright has expired. Visit the Intellectual Property Office website for further information.
The information contained within these pages is intended as a general guide and an interpretation of current copyright issues. It is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice.
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official Government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom. This includes, Patents, Designs, Trademarks and Copyright.
The Copyright Hub is a gateway to information about copyright in the UK. Currently in pilot phase, it points you in the right direction whether you want to learn about copyright, get permission to use somebody else's work or find out about protecting your work.