What we do: Copyright lawyers
Almost all businesses will have some dealings with copyright, whether you use third party assets or create your own copyright works. Knowing how to stay compliant, avoid and prevent infringement and successfully exploit your creative work can all require detailed legal advice.
Copyright is the automatic right afforded by law to those who create, preventing others from taking ownership, exploiting, or controlling that work, unless you choose to license and exploit your copyright.
Copyright law plays an essential role in protecting the work and ideas of creators. Whether you’ve produced a website, piece of art, literary work, software programme, song, sound recordings, films, broadcasts, poems, or any other type of creative output, it’s important to ensure your creative efforts are properly protected, and effectively exploited.
As a copyright law firm, we can act on your behalf if your work is infringed without your consent by being:
- placed on the internet
- rented or loaned
- shown or broadcast.
To learn more about copyright law, please visit our copyright FAQs page.
Our legal copyright services
Our specialist team of copyright lawyers can assist with a range of legal matters including:
- Selling or transferring your copyright (also known as assignment)
- Explaining your rights – including copyright, moral rights, and performers’ rights
- Copyright infringements or disputes – including verifying if another party has applied for rights to use your work (and have usage stopped or assert that the license fee has not been paid), raising a complaint with the copyright tribunal, or taking enforcement action
- Holistic intellectual property law such as IP strategy, IP disputes and general IP advice.
Handling copyright infringement
Our copyright solicitors understand the importance of acting swiftly in response to any infringement of your copyright, to protect your brand and prevent financial losses, and crucially to convey the message that breach of your copyright will not be tolerated.
Our in-depth knowledge of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 means we can quickly act in response to any infringement against your work.
If an infringement against your creative work has occurred in another country, we will seek to intervene using that jurisdiction’s specific copyright laws.
We can also act for you if you’ve been accused of copyright infringement. Watch our IP partner Lindsay Gledhill explaining a little-known way you can resolve such a situation:
Protecting digital or online works
We are seeing a considerable increase in copyright infringements in relation to digital creative work, including websites, software, and designs. It is not unusual to see entire webpages, including written content, development code, and logos being copied unlawfully. Our online copyright lawyers will act quickly to have the copied content removed from a website and from search engines. We can also hold the website hosting company liable if they fail to delete content which they have been ordered to remove.
Who we help: Creatives, entrepreneurs, SMEs, start-ups
- Computer game developers and designers
- Graphic designers
- Employees and employers
- Writers and publishers
Why choose our copyright lawyers? Our experience
We’re a modern law firm with a difference. Our innovative remote operating model means that you can access expert City-grade legal advice from partner-level solicitors at a fraction of the cost of traditional law firms. Our solicitors have all been recruited from top 100 UK law firms or large international businesses. Find out more about our copyright lawyers here:
Intellectual Property Solicitor
Amanda joined the firm in 2016 and has over ten years of experience in providing commercial and intellectual property services for clients.View profile
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Intellectual Property Partner
Having previously worked at top 50 firm, Walker Morris, Lindsay specialises in IP strategy, dispute resolution and IP exploitation.View profile
IP, Commercial & Technology Associate Solicitor
Ed joins our commercial team and specialises in IT, IP and general technology related contracts, but can also advise on a range of commercial matters.View profile
Commercial Technology & Data Protection Solicitor
David is a commercial solicitor, specialising in technology and data protection. He joins us having worked as in-house counsel for the BBC and OUP.View profile
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £99 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
For businesses requiring 60+ hours of support a year, with prices equivalent to £99 per hour.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
Our solicitor is a pleasure to work with – very commercial and usually quick to turn around. I am looking forward to working more with her and to her becoming an "external" extension of my commercial legal team!
Our solicitor has been very helpful. Quick and efficient.
Harper James has been invaluable. They drafted the relevant agreements and gave us sound legal advice in an area that we did not have prior experience in. As a start-up, having advice and feedback from an organisation that specialises in early-stage enterprises was instrumental in us having the confidence to push forward with our product