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How do I enforce copyright? 

The copyright in a work is infringed if someone copies a substantial part of it. In the case of the unauthorised use of photographs or text, or illegal downloads, the question of infringement can be straightforward if the original work has been copied in full. What is more complex is identifying the culprit and then taking effective action.

 

Copyright is there to protect your work, but it is up to you to enforce your rights. Therefore access to cost-effective and efficient enforcement services is vital if copyright is to serve its purpose.

 

Some high profile copyright court cases have attracted attention for their high cost, but it is very rare for claims to go so far. In most copyright infringement situations the infringer capitulates quickly, preventing large costs being incurred. Every situation is different, and it is a question of employing the right strategy.

 

If a copyright holder wants to put a stop to an infringer’s activities, in many cases a simple cease and desist letter will achieve the desired result. If not, it may be necessary to start an infringement action in the Patents County Court or the High Court, which places such pressure on infringers that most give in straightaway. The costs of taking such initial actions are usually within the means of most businesses.

 

If you would like to know more about enforcing your copyright please contact us.

 



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