Copyright & Media

What do I need to know about copyright and media?

Copyright is the right of an author, composer, artist or other creator to prevent others from copying their work without permission. As soon as the work is created and is recorded in a material form, for example on paper, tape, disc, film or other form, copyright will exist in that particular work.

If your copyright or design right has been infringed (copied without your permission), or if you have received a letter claiming that you or your company have infringed someone else’s copyright you must act quickly. Within days of instructing a barrister, you may be able to ask the court to grant an injunction (a court order having immediate effect) to prevent any further infringement and quickly protect your market, up until the time of the trial. The court will only do so if you have a good case and have acted without delay.

Similarly, if you have been threatened with immediate court action by someone who is claiming you have infringed their copyright or design right, you should seek advice as soon as possible so that the threat against you may be evaluated by a specialist barrister. Your barrister will advise you on what you need to do next.  Getting early advice may also save you high legal costs if someone brings a successful challenge against you for copyright infringement.

Why choose a barrister?

Barristers who specialise in copyright matters act for creative industry sectors such as music, film, publishing, media, television and consumer products. They will provide expert advice on helping you to protect your copyright or to stop others from infringing it. Barristers can advise and appear for you and your business in copyright, design right and media litigation.

Is mediation right for me?

If you are in dispute over a copyright issue, you don’t have to go to court. You should also consider mediation, which can be less stressful and cheaper. myBarrister can connect you to specialists in mediation who can help you resolve your dispute.

Which barrister should I choose?

If you need expert advice on copyright, choose a barrister on myBarrister. Barristers will provide you with guidance so you that you know where you stand and can take the right decisions about what to do next. We can put you in touch with a barrister who can advise you on any proceedings that you need to take or defend.

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