If you have a problem with copyright then we can help – we have many years of experience in dealing with a whole range of legal problems surrounding copyright and invariably achieve a successful result for our clients.
UK copyright law is set out in the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) and it is important to understand what copyright is and what constitutes an infringement of copyright.
There is no registration procedure for copyright, it is automatic, and its purpose is to grant the creator of a piece of work – such as an article, book, photograph, website content, a sculpture or a piece of music the exclusive rights to its use and distribution. It does not prevent a similar work being created, but guards against the copying of an existing piece of work. Remember, copyright does not protect an idea but how that idea is expressed
Copyright protection lasts for a set period, most often the life of the creator of the work plus 70 years from the end of the calendar year of his or her death.
If you believe your copyright has been infringed and your work or that of your business has been copied, then we can pursue the matter on your behalf.
You must first be confident that you can prove the work in question was created through your own skill and effort and is original. You must also be British or resident in Britain or another country governed by CDPA.
Once the above has been ascertained we can help you pursue the matter. We will do this by first sending a letter of claim, which is sent to the infringing party to stop the copyright infringement and obtain payment of damages on your behalf.
Our ultimate aim is to protect your interests by obtaining three things - confirmation and admittance that copyright has been infringed, a damages payment to you and a reimbursement of your legal fees.
Our fees start at £450+VAT. Where appropriate, we can offer a fixed fee for sending a cease and desist letter to the infringer for £550+VAT.
If you believe the your copyright has been infringed, or have any questions regarding copyright law, please contact us for a free initial consultation.
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