Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection. Legal advice is often required from a specialist copyright lawyer because, unlike other forms of intellectual property such as designs, patents and trade marks, there is no examination process for deciding whether to ‘allow’ copyright in a work in the United Kingdom. The main requirement is that a work is original, and the threshold for ‘originality’ is set quite low. If you have expended skill and labour in creating a work, and it is one of the types of ‘work’ that is covered by copyright, then it is most likely protected by copyright.
Below is a brief introduction to UK copyright law and some answers to frequently asked questions a copyright lawyer receives.