This section helps you understand what the public domain is and how you can benefit from it in the creation of new work.

The Public Domain: Duration commentary explains how long copyright lasts and what you need to consider when calculating the copyright term of different types of works. The Copyright Bites series explores more intriguing aspects of the relationship between copyright and the public domain, also considering when you can lawfully make use of, or borrow from, works that are still in copyright, but without having to ask for permission or make payment to the copyright owner. Finally, the resource Copyright in SMEs provides guidance on strategies that creative firms have employed to benefit from the public domain and effectively manage copyright challenges.

 

Public Domain: Duration

This commentary explains how long copyright lasts and what you need to consider when calculating the copyright term of different types of works.

Copyright Bites

Copyright Bites is a series of short videos that makes copyright law and policy easier to understand, exploring the relationship between copyright and the public domain.

Copyright in SMEs

This section provides guidance on strategies that creative firms have employed to effectively manage copyright challenges.