What works are protected?
Copyright only protects those categories of work as specified in the CDPA:
- Literary works for example, books, journals, newspaper articles, poems, emails, blogs, software, lyrics for songs and instruction manuals
- Artistic works for example, paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures, photographs, diagrams, maps, works of architecture and works of artistic craftsmanship such as jewellery and pottery
- Musical works this refers to the musical notes and not the words (which are literary works)
- Dramatic works the non-spoken part of a presentation, including dance and mime
- Broadcasts which may be transmitted by cable or wireless means and including satellite broadcasts, but excluding most transmissions on the internet
- Sound recordings not limited by format, they can be recordings of other copyright works such as music, TV soundtracks or literature, or other sounds such as birdsong and transport
- Film including TV programmes, movies (e.g. on Blu-ray or DVD) and home video
- Typography this protects the typographical layout of a publication
In general, if material has been recorded in any way it is covered by copyright law and permission must be sought for its use.