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Copyright or design right?

Published 28.09.11 at 11:39

Is my work protected by copyright or design rights? This is a question that is not always easy to answer as there is a significant overlap between the two. This FAQ attempts to explain instances where one right will trump the other using specific examples that may be relevant to you.

Article by Joe Walsh

This FAQ was reviewed by Hayley Devlin, Solicitor at Hamlins LLP, before publication.

Photograph (some rights reserved) by Coleccionando Cámaras


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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