Copyright law provides creators with automatic ownership of their work, which can include computer software, designs, images, music, artwork, literature, or films. You don’t need to register it, and there isn’t a UK register of copyright works.
It is important that creative individuals and businesses understand how to protect and defend their intellectual property. Our intellectual property strategy services can help you assess the best protection for your circumstances.
Harper James’ specialist copyright lawyers can assist with any matter including explaining your rights, licensing your copyright works, sale and transfer/assignment of copyright, or handling a dispute or infringement.
Our copyright lawyers can offer a range of strategies to resolve any disputes. When it comes to contentious matters, we are strong advocates for alternative dispute resolution methods in the first instance, as these can lead to amicable resolutions which are realised faster, with less cost, and without long term damage to relationships; a key reason why many clients seek our services.
We’re a national law firm with multiple office locations and expert senior solicitors working remotely throughout the UK. This enables us to offer our innovative pricing packages.
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:
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
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
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:
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Lindsay gave me the peace of mind I needed to go ahead and sell my work online without fear of infringing anyone’s copyright. She recommended an intellectual property review of my work, so I knew where I stood commercially. Her feedback was really clear: she told me why my work didn’t actually infringe any copyright, without using jargon, making it easy for me to understand, and included examples which helped.
Gladys Holliday, Founder Gladys Holliday
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
Dean Bryan, Co-Founder Yyoma
Toby and his team have done such a fantastic job providing support across fundraising, IP, employment, GDPR and option pool establishment. Harper James has helped us get solid legal advice, often at short notice relating to a number of common start-up hurdles.
Julian Cook, CEO and Co-Founder Howamigoing
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!
Natalie Salunke, Vice President & Head of Legal AllStar Business Solutions
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