Own-it | Intellectual Property Know-How for Creative Businesses



Published 01.01.06 at 09:30

A tricky concept for lawyers, collaboration occurs where more than two parties contribute to the creation of a format of work. Where this occurs from shared enthusiasms and interests, or most dangerously, friendship, it can lead to messy litigation if the work attracts commercial exploitation. Agreed parameters should be set in advance depending on the relationship between the parties, leading to shared (also called 'joint') copyright, e.g. when it is not possible to distinguish one author's contribution from another's, or separate copyrights in the different elements of the work.

The Glossary of IP Terms was prepared by Sarah Andrew of Arts Council England.

Photo credit: Badjonni


Please note that this article discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.


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