Copyright User

CopyrightUser.org is an online resource aimed at making UK copyright law accessible to creators, media professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and members of the public. The resources here are meant for everyone who uses copyright: musicians, filmmakers, performers, writers, visual artists and interactive developers, among others.

Our goal is to inform creators about how to protect their work, how to license and exploit it, and how to legally re-use the work of others.

We aim to provide answers to the most pressing concerns that creators have about copyright. To find out what was most confusing to users, we took two approaches. First, we analysed the 200 most frequently asked questions about copyright posted online by creators and consumers, and we filtered those down to the most important 20 which you can find answered in the ‘FAQs’ section. Second, we spoke to creators themselves. For each of the main artistic mediums we produced a video which contains interviews with creators about their artistic process, thoughts and questions about copyright. These two approaches are part of a rigorous, innovative methodology.

We believe that this is a much needed resource and – in order to make it a useful tool for the UK creative industries – we have tried to make the content relevant to the various creative stakeholders in the UK.


Education & Schools

In February 2015, CopyrightUser.org released a set of educational resources to help students and the general public understand how copyright law works. The online learning materials aim to help A-Level media students in the UK study for their exams while educating the wider public about what can and cannot be done with copyright works. These materials include:

Copyright for A Level Media Studies – An educational web resource which addresses A Level Critical Perspectives in Media, Section B: Contemporary Media Issues.

The Game is On! Web Series – A serialised adventure that puts copyright under the magnifying glass of Sherlock Holmes, exploring issues related to creativity, the public domain, derivative work and artists’ revenue.



This site is based in the UK, so the contents here reflect what is permitted under UK copyright legislation. Copyright law is rapidly evolving, and we will make every effort to maintain up-to-date resources on this site. The textual content of the website has been produced by leading copyright academics and is intended to be accurate and authoritative. However, it does not constitute legal advice.

The online resource reflects the updated law current as at 12 April 2017.

Updated 12 April 2017