Question #4: Can more than one person have copyright in something?


Yes. Works that are created by more than one person are generally considered to have joint ownership of the copyright. For example, in the UK the first copyright owners of a film are the producer and the principal director. In some cases, different people hold the copyright for different parts of the work, for example a song can have copyright in its arrangement, tune, lyrics, sound recording and performance whilst if the music is packaged into a compact disc (CD) the artwork can have copyright. The copyright in these various elements can be owned by different people. You can find more information about authorship and ownership of copyright works on the Copyright Cortex website.

See: Sections 9 – 11 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988


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