Copyright

Copyright in its simplest form protects artistic and literary works.  You may think this not relevant if you don’t publish books or sell paintings, but in fact artistic works can include your business logo, and photographs you use on your website and marketing material, whilst literary works will include your website and marketing written content.  Copyright is an automatic right and arises at the point of creation, so there is no official registration system.  You need to keep clear records of when material is created and who created it, just in case you need to prove this later.  If you commissioned someone else to produce work, such as a photographer or designer, then you need to check the terms and conditions used.  The default position at law is that the person you commissioned will own the rights unless the contract states to the contrary.  Many business owners don’t realise that they may not own the rights to their logo, website or marketing material.