Copyright can seem complicated but at its heart it’s not. It’s simply a law which says that if you create something, then you own it. And as the owner you get to decide what happens to it.
So if you’re a creator copyright automatically applies to, and protects, all your creative work. That means you are free to decide how other people can use your work, and means they need to ask your permission before using your work. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a “professional” or not, the law’s the same for everyone.
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Introduction to Copyright
Licences and rights
What the law says
Schools and academia
Copyright for kids and young people
Around the Internet
The BBC has a a mini-site dedicated to copyright awareness, with some informative videos (see a few below) as well as a directory of websites where you can find further information.
Copyright User is another organisation that offers a great wealth of resources around copyright. Check out their video gallery and their resources for A-Level teachers and students.
How copyright protects your work