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Part of the family of intellectual property rights including trademarks, designs and patents. Copyright applies automatically when a work is created in a material form. Copyright applies to literary works, such as website articles/annual reports; artistic works maps, drawings, paintings and photographs; films; sound recordings and typographical arrangements. The first owner of copyright will normally be the artist/author or organisation that created the work (except for Crown copyright). Copyright subsists in a work regardless of the level of artistic or literary merit. The standard term of copyright is the life of the author plus 70 years.

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Missing some important points, especially regarding data.

Yes, but what does copyright stop you from doing?... It gives the author the sole right to copying or performing the work.

What is the purpose of it? To allow authors to profit from the work, be attributed and control integrity (e.g. derivatives).

A key exception to copyright is: facts. e.g. The town hall's phone number is 0123456789. However if multiple facts are arranged into 'data' (e.g. a phone directory) then in the UK that data gets protection from Database Rights.

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