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Welcome to The Copyright Hub

The Copyright Hub is making licensing simpler. Our website can help if you want to get permission to use somebody else's work, or want to know about how copyright relates to your own work. We are also building technology to help copyright work the way the internet works, making the process of getting and giving permission quicker and easier for everyone. The site has more information about this as well as copyright generally, our vision and our organisation.

The Copyright Hub welcomes feedback as we evolve and expand our website. If there's anything you'd like us to add, anything you'd like to know or if have any other thoughts or questions about what we're doing, please get in touch.

About copyright

An introduction to copyright

Copyright gives creators 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 law and policies 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 the Copyright Hub working on?
What is the Copyright Hub working on?

A short video to explain what we're working on and why

What's copyright for?
What's copyright for?

So...you've created something. You're a copyright owner! But what does that mean, how can you use your rights and who can help?

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).