Help we can offer

The British Copyright Council is primarily a consultative and liaison body and does not operate a copyright advice service. However, we do have a selection of information sheets that answer some of the most common questions we are asked. These include a selection of handy A5 guides in our “UK Copyright Highway Code” series (as illustrated on the right of this page) that you can download and print. The purpose of the UK Copyright Highway Code is to help everyone understand the basics of copyright whether you are a creator or consumer of creative and cultural content. To find these and other helpful resources use the search function below.

These offer a basic introduction to the topics covered. If you need advice you should contact a specialist lawyer. 

Professional practice

General questions about copyright issues relating to professional practice are better directed to relevant professional organisations or industry bodies. Many of these are BCC members but there are others. For a list of useful websites click here.

Other IP

Copyright is one form of intellectual property (IP) but others include patents and trade marks. The UK government department responsible for all of them is the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and their website is an excellent information source.

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