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Intellectual Property: Your Questions Answered
Intellectual property is an incredibly important asset to many businesses, but it can be difficult to understand how to go about protecting your creativity and hard work. The team at JMW works hard to eliminate those difficulties - one of the ways we do this is by answering your frequently asked questions.
How long does Copyright last?
The life of the author plus 70 years from end of year of death (or in the case of films, 70 years from the death of the longest surviving of certain specified people involved in making the film). Computer generated works, broadcasts and sound recordings are protected for 50 years. In respect of sound recordings, protection may be extended to 70 years if the recording has been published or made available to the public within the initial 50 years. Published editions have 25 years protection.
Does Copyright need to be registered to be effective?
Copyright arises automatically when the work is created. No registration required.
When does Copyright Occur?
When the work is recorded in a permanent form. Copyright is only available for an original work.