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Welcome to the Copyright Hub

The Copyright Hub is your gateway to information about copyright in the UK. 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.

The Copyright Hub is currently in its 'test' phase and, as a result, only provides links to a limited number of copyright-related organisations. The number of links will be expanded in future to provide a more comprehensive service to users. To help ensure your needs are met, please provide feedback.

About copyright

An introduction to copyright

Copyright gives the creator of certain kinds of work the right to decide how their work may be used and who may use it. It affects how you use work created by other people.

Copyright - essential reading (pdf)

A booklet provided by the IPO containing information on copyright in the UK and abroad.

Recent policy changes

Copyright policies can often change. Visit the website of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) for more information.

International copyright

There are international agreements to provide protection for authors and creators while allowing their work to be translated, produced and enjoyed by audiences worldwide.

Useful videos

What is copyright?
What is copyright?

The importance of copyright in our day-to-day lives. (Courtesy of Copyright Clearance Center).

Is your business copyright compliant?
Is your business copyright compliant?

Make sure you're not breaking copyright law at work. (Courtesy of the Copyright Licensing Agency).

Playing music in public?
Playing music in public?

Why you need a licence if you use recorded music in your business. (Courtesy of PPL).

Music royalty route

This animation shows the route of a royalty, from the creation of music through to its licensed performance and commercial usage. (Courtesy of PRS for Music).