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Copyright User

CopyrightUser.org is an independent online resource aimed at making UK Copyright Law accessible to creators, media professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and members of the public. The goal is to provide answers to the most pressing concerns creators have about copyright, helping them understand their rights. The site was launched on 14 February 2014.

Purpose and Scope

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 content on this website reflects what is permitted under UK copyright legislation and is correct as of 12 April 2017. Every attempt will be made to update the content at regular intervals in order to reflect the current legislation.

It is important to be aware of the evolving nature of the law. Several changes to the UK Copyright Act were implemented in 2014 and are included in the content of the site. Furthermore, even though copyright law is territorial, for several years the European Union has been carrying out a harmonisation process of the laws of the Member States on copyright and related rights, at both legislative and judicial level. For example, some fundamental concepts – such as the meaning of ‘originality’ – are moving over to the language of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

It is also essential to note that the material represents the law as stated in the UK Copyright Act, although at times there can be considerable tension between law and practice.