LAW – Copyright

Copyright = Protects journalism articles, web content, books, films, tv and radio and sound recordings

Literary work (book) is covered by copyright for the artist’s lifetime and 70 years after their death to benefit their heirs.

Copyright in sound recordings last for 50 years from when it was made

The Copyright, designs and patent act 1988 says Copyright consists of ‘original literary, dramartic, musical or artistic works.’

In 2009 the Mail on Sunday paid substantial damages to Madonna after infringing copyright by publishing 10 pictures of her wedding to Guy Ritchie. The paper was sold pictures which were copied from her private wedding album without her knowledge.

The first owner of copyright in a literary, musical or artistic work


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