What is Copyright
The law governing copyright in the UK is the 1988 Copyright, Design and Patents Act (CDPA).
Copyright gives legal rights to the creators of certain kinds of material, in order that they can control the ways in which their work may be exploited.
Copyright protection is automatic and there is no registration or other procedure to follow (in the UK). Copyright automatically comes into existence as soon as an original work is recorded in some material form. Copyright exists whether or not it is asserted using the © symbol or otherwise.
Copyright is a property right. This means that it can be exploited, bought, sold, bequeathed, rented or licensed just like any other property