Copyright applies automatically from when your work is created, and, in most circumstances, lasts for your lifetime plus 50 years.
Under international treaties, copyright also automatically arises in most other countries in the world.
Copyright is a tool to recognise your rights over your work. It doesn't prevent someone else from independently producing the same work.
You can license others under your copyright or sell your copyright to another person.
Copyright ownership and protectionAs an owner of copyright works, find out how you can further protect yourself.
Licensing copyrightLearn about licencing agencies and how they can help.
Duration of copyrightCopyright doesn't last forever. The time limit depends on the category and when it was created.
Enforcing copyrightLearn more about the ways in which you can enforce your rights.