It is an unregistered right (unlike patents, registered designs or trade marks). So, there is no official action to take , (no application to make, forms to fill in or fees to pay).
Copyright www.cymru.gov.uk Copyright comes into effect immediately, as soon as something that can be protected is created and "fixed" in some way, eg on paper, on film, via sound recording, as an electronic record on the internet, etc.
For example, a copy could be deposited with a bank or solicitor. Alternatively, a creator could send himself or herself a copy by special delivery post (which gives a clear date stamp on the envelope), leaving the envelope unopened on its return.
Copyright www.cymru.gov.uk Steps can be taken by the creator of a work to provide evidence that he or she had the work at a particular time.
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A trade mark is any sign which can distinguish the goods and services of one trader from those of another.
Trade Marks www.cymru.gov.uk A sign includes words, logos, colours, slogans, three-dimensional shapes and sometimes sounds and gestures. To be registrable in the UK it must also be capable of being represented graphically, that is, in words and/or pictures.