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What is copyright and how does it relate to TP?


Volunteer Moderator
Oct 2, 2007
Copyright is a complex subject, which can cause confusion when TP members want to post the original work of another person (for example images, song lyrics or poetry) on the forum.

Copyright refers to the set of exclusive rights granted to the author or creator of an original work - including the right to copy, distribute and adapt that work.

The bottom line is that copyright applies to “any literary, dramatic, design, musical or artistic work, so long as the work exhibits a degree of skill, labour or judgement.” - UK Copyright Service

Written / recorded work and images produced by other people cannot be reproduced on TP without the permission of the copyright holder (usually the author).

Copyright may apply to:

• articles, books, magazines and poems

• recorded music, CDs, vinyl records, tapes

• recorded video, films, TV programmes

• images (e.g. brand logos, cartoon characters, etc), photographs, album covers.

If you are in any doubt as to whether an image, recording or piece of writing may be subject to copyright legislation, it’s probably safest not to post it on TP.

Further information and useful links

The UK Copyright Service’s website provides clear and accessible information about copyright, including: Common questions about copyright and Top 10 copyright myths.

There are also some helpful posts on TP, in relation to:
images and copyright and applying copyright guidelines when searching for images online : many thanks to Sandy for both of these.

I hope this helps to shed some light on what can be a confusing area. :)

Best wishes,