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Derivative Work

Published 01.01.06 at 09:30

A derivative work uses a part or even the whole of another work as an element in its composition. This doctrine assumes the earlier work has a fixed point of origination and raises questions of how original the latter work is capable of being.

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

Photo credit: MBX


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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