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Holyoak and Torremans Intellectual Property Law

Holyoak and Torremans Intellectual Property Law (9th edn)

Paul Torremans
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date: 25 October 2021

p. 21913. Authorship and ownership of copyrightlocked

p. 21913. Authorship and ownership of copyrightlocked

  • Paul TorremansPaul TorremansProfessor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Nottingham

Abstract

This chapter explains the law on authorship and copyright ownership. The creator of a work is, in principle, its author. There can be more than one creator for a work and therefore also more than one author. Joint authorship arises when more than one creator is involved in the creation of the work and the contribution of each creator can no longer be separated out in the final result. Copyright is a property right and, as such, needs an owner. The general principle is that the author will be the first owner of the copyright in his or her work.

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