Copyright is a free, automatic right without a formal registration process. Although copyright automatically exists from creation of the work, the work must be fixed and we always advise that you assert your right by marking the work with the symbol ©, the authors name and the date.
Copyright exists for any original work and the term of protection depends on the nature of the work.
Copyright in original literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work lasts for seventy years from the death of the author. Copyright also applies to technical documents, websites, photographs and computer programs.
You can enforce copyright to prevent anyone copying or using your work without your permission. However, we always recommend that when possible you protect your products and brands using registered rights because registered rights are easier and cheaper to enforce in the event that your rights are infringed.