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.



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.

A reform of UK copyright exceptions is laid before Parliament at the moment and further information about it can be found here. We will update the contents of the website as soon as the new legislation is enacted.

Updated 10 December 2014