A change has been made to UK legislation which allows the use of copyrighted works for parody. Often termed as ‘mash-ups’, snippets of copyrighted material are used to create new humorous videos and songs.
Under UK copyright law, computer programmes are protected on the same basis as literary works, so whoever created the code owns the first copyright in it.
The government has launched a new licensing scheme that will give access to a reported 91 million culturally valuable creative works including diaries, photographs, oral history recordings and documentary films.
A Patent provides valuable protection but the Intellectual Property Office has strict rules about what can and cannot be granted a Patent.
Do companies own the copyright in the things that their workers create?
It is a tough moment in business when you discover that somebody has copied your product, stolen your invention or has imitated or used your logo so that they can trade on your good name.
Creative products and inventions are significant assets in many organisations and are a major factor when valuing a business. The more you can do to protect them, the better.
“Copyright” is intellectual property that can be owned, bought and sold just like any other property. Exploiting it can be very lucrative so understanding the ownership of it is vital.
As we sit on our sofas, flicking through the channels and channels of cooking, dancing and property development programmes, we may think to ourselves… “Hold on a minute, wasn’t this ‘Celebrity Cooking in a Jungle on Ice’ programme on just a few moments ago on another channel?”
If you have been granted a Trade Mark or Patent, you may be facing the quandary of how best to exploit it commercially.