Copyright Bite #3 – Permission or Permitted?
Copyright Bite #3 considers how 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. The texts below help you understand copyright exceptions: specific circumstances when work can be used without the need to get permission from the copyright owner.
Dick has created an original artistic work protected by copyright. Typically the first author of a work will also be the first owner of the copyright in that work.
When you own the copyright in a work you can assign the rights in that work to someone else, or license others to make use of the work in certain clearly defined ways.
Sally is an illustrator. She is fascinated by the phenomenon of crossover fiction, games and toys.
Making use of someone’s work to create a parody of that work, or of another work, is lawful in the UK. You do not need to ask the copyright owner for permission.
More Copyright Bites
Copyright Bite #1 considers how long copyright lasts and what it means to say that a work is protected by copyright or in the public domain.
Copyright Bite #2 explores how copyright protects only the expression of ideas and not ideas themselves.
Copyright Bites: Credits and Acknowledgements