Copyright User is an independent online resource aimed at making UK Copyright Law accessible to creators, media professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and members of the public. The goal is to provide answers to the most pressing concerns creators have about copyright, helping them understand their rights. The site was launched on 14 February 2014.

Purpose and Scope

The textual content of the website has been produced by leading copyright academics and is intended to be accurate and authoritative. However, it does not constitute legal advice.

The content on this website reflects what is permitted under UK copyright legislation and is correct as of 17 December 2020. Every attempt will be made to update the content at regular intervals in order to reflect the current legislation.

It is important to be aware of the evolving nature of the law. Several changes to the UK Copyright Act were implemented in 2014 and are included in the content of the site. Furthermore, even though copyright law is territorial, for several years the European Union has been carrying out a harmonisation process of the laws of the Member States on copyright and related rights, at both legislative and judicial level. For example, some fundamental concepts – such as the meaning of ‘originality’ – are moving over to the language of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

It is also essential to note that the material represents the law as stated in the UK Copyright Act, although at times there can be considerable tension between law and practice.

Editorial Board:

Martin Kretschmer – Chair, University of Glasgow

Maurizio Borghi – Editor, Bournemouth University
Ronan Deazley – General Editor (2012-2017), Queen’s University Belfast
Kris Erickson – Editor, University of Leeds
Marta Iljadica – Editor (from 2018), University of Glasgow
Dinusha Mendis – Editor, Bournemouth University
Ruth Towse – Editor, Bournemouth University

Content Credits:

Bartolomeo Meletti – Creative Director
Marco Bagni – Art Direction, Design and Animation
Davide Bonazzi – Illustrations
Sophie Natta, Illustrations
Ilaria Urbinati, Illustrations
Hayleigh Bosher – Copyright Researcher
Sarc:o – Music and SoundFX

Peter Bennett, Web Development and Administration
Andrew McHugh
– Web Development and Administration
Jason Filos – Web Developer
Matt Northam – Web Developer

Academic Contributors:

Megan Blakely, Lancaster University
Maurizio Borghi
, Bournemouth University
Hayleigh Bosher, Brunel University
Sheona Burrow, University of Glasgow
Ronan Deazley, Queen’s University Belfast
Laurence Diver, University of Edinburgh
Kris Erickson, University of Leeds
Benjamin Farrand, University of Strathclyde
James Griffin, University of Exeter
Stavroula Karapapa, University of Reading
Smita Kheria, University of Edinburgh
Martin Kretschmer, University of Glasgow
Daithí Mac Síthigh, Queen’s University Belfast
Bartolomeo Meletti, University of Glasgow
Dinusha Mendis, Bournemouth University
Chris Morrison, University of Kent
Claudy Op den Kamp, Bournemouth University
Mathilde Pavis, University of Exeter
Jane Secker, London School of Economics and Political Science
Burkhard Schafer, University of Edinburgh
Ruth Soetendorp, Bournemouth University
Victoria Stobo, University of Liverpool
Ruth Towse, Bournemouth University
Andrea Wallace, University of Exeter

Contact aims to provide answers to the most pressing concerns creators have about copyright. Check the Creators Discuss section and find out what creators, teachers and students, and creative businesses would like to know about copyright. Visit the FAQs section and find answers to a selection of copyright questions posted by users online.

We will continue developing the site, so if you are interested in the project and you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know: