A copyright protects works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed.
Copyright is important to creators like writers and artists as well as those such as publishers that own rights, as it provides them with a legal right of ownership of the work that they produce.
This means that creators of an original piece of work can have some control over how it is used, which is not only fair but necessary for them to make a living from their talent and efforts. When they have the means to make a living from their work then they can continue to invest their time, and, in the case of publishers, their money into the production of new work.
Government figures estimate that there are around 770,000 original content creators in the UK who enjoy the protection of copyright and who receive income and incentive as a result of the copyright system ï¿½ this includes software developers and musicians as well as writers and publishers.
Last date updated on June, 2014