Copyright law has been developed since the creation of the printing press and thus originates in Europe in the 1600s. It arises automatically on creation of the artistic or literary work though it can be registered in some territories such as the USA and is governed by various treaties around the globe.
These treaties now include:
- Moral rights concern the right of the author to be associated with works they create
- Performance rights govern the right of performers to authorise recording of their performance and prevent use of such recordings
- Database rights cover how a database is structured or otherwise arranged in a methodical or systematic way
Copyright and related works are created daily by staff within the University and the IP team is happy to consider commercial opportunities utilising such works.
These are typically teaching materials, but are also extended to materials developed for consultancy services and software that may be developed for teaching or Apps.