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What is copyright?

Intellectual property rights grant creators or owners of a work certain controls over its use. Some rights require registration (eg patents), while others accrue automatically upon the work's creation (eg copyright). Copyright is an intellectual property right which covers the expression of an idea rather than the idea itself.  It exists to protect the economic and moral interests of people who create intellectual, literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works.

In the United Kingdom, copyright is governed by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA). The CDPA is a legislative framework that enables content creators to exploit their own work in economic terms and applies restrictions that aim to allow for fair and reasonable reproduction, re-interpretation and dissemination of their work.