• A correctly worded notice will
• Especially if it states that the
work is protected under law.
• Although a copyright notice is not required
• All work is automatically subject to copyright
protection within most countries.
• Displaying a notice shows that you are aware of
copyright legislation and take infringements of
your work seriously.
Register your work
In the UK, you can use the “Copyright
This provides absolute proof of the date
and content of your work.
The service provides the best evidence to
support your rights.
I suspect that many countries have
Use ‘footprints’ or ‘watermarks’
These methods identify the author in
some way, such as a deliberate mistake,
or hidden data that can be read using
special applications etc.
True or False?
You can use an internet
picture and use it in
something you publish
False – Why?
You should try to get the
creator’s permission to use
• Unfortunately protecting your own
work can be costly.
• So the reality is that many things are
• So make sure you are well protected.
• Also try not to publish anything too
How long does copyright last?
A) 10 years
B) 50 years
C) The life of the creator
D) Life of the creator + 70 years
You can not legally use copyrighted
material without getting permission?
A) Always true
B) Sometimes true
As a rule - it is better to
be safe than sorry
Can creators share with others
without them having to ask?
Use ‘Creative commons’ or ‘CC’
E.g. websites such as:
www.ccmusic.org for music etc.
What you need to do…
If you have used copyrighted
material, try to provide suitable
evidence in your portfolio…
Use a reference:
Author or Source, Year. Title of
web document or web page.
Available at: web site address
For anything you create - keep…
…copies of original drafts.
…any documentation from official bodies
such as the Copyright Protection service.
…any signed documents from a solicitor
proving your copyright claims.
…any communications such as e-mails
relating to the copyright safely stored in an
easy to find location.
Use search engines to check copyrights are
not being infringed etc.
Protect yourself as much as possible…
Of course the best protection is to simply
not publish anything on the internet!