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Copyright law

1. Copyright notices

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These are website copyright notices containing a Universal Copyright Convention-style notice, an assertion of ownership of copyright in website materials, a licence to use the website and straightforward acceptable use provisions. If you are using one of our website terms and conditions documents, you will not usually need a separate copyright notice.

2. Assignments of copyright

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An owner of copyright may transfer that ownership to another person using one of these assignment documents. The assignment may be entered into before or after the creation of the copyright work. These documents all include a nominal consideration clause, under which the assignee agrees to pay to the assignor a nominal fee.

3. Waiver of moral rights

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This waiver document allows the individual author of a copyright-protected work to irrevocably waive his or her moral rights in that work. Article 6bis of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works sets out the special moral rights of authors, which site alongside the "economic" copyrights. "Independently of the author's economic rights, and even after the transfer of the ...

4. Ebook disclaimer

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This is a template for an ebook disclaimer: the text often found near the start of the ebook that disclaims liability in relation to the use of the ebook. In addition to disclaiming liability in various ways, this template also includes a licence of copyright. The licence specifies exactly what the customer or user is permitted to do with the ebook, as well a detailing ...

5. Graphic design terms and conditions

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This document contains terms and conditions for the provision of graphic design services. It has been drafted to take particular account of the interests of the services provider, and accordingly may be a good basis for preparing the standard terms of trading of a graphic design business. The document's treatment of intellectual property in the designer's work product is relatively flexible. The intellectual ...

6. Writing services terms and conditions

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Many businesses engage external agencies to produce written works. For instance, web content and informational copy may be produced by such agencies. This terms and conditions template is designed to cover the provision of writing services by one business to another. (It is unsuitable for use in relation to B2C contracts.) One of the key issues with this sort of contract is the treatment of ...

7. Translation services terms and conditions

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These are standard terms and conditions for a business providing translation services. The terms and conditions include warranties from the client in relation to the source material. For instance, the client warrants that the source material will not infringe any third party rights. Subject to this client warranty, the translator warrants that the translation will not infringe any third party rights. This document assumes that ...

8. Licence of copyright

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Copyright works include written works, musical works and artistic works. A copyright licence is a right for a person to act in some particular way in respect of a copyright work without infringing the rights of the copyright owner. Licensing is one of the key characteristics of intellectual property rights such as a copyright. This document allows a person who owns or controls the copyright ...

9. Digital content distribution terms and conditions

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Where digital content is supplied by a website user to a website operator for resale, the legal basis of the parties' relationship should be set down in writing. That is the purpose of these terms and conditions. A licensing clause is included in the terms and conditions, setting out the basis upon which the website operator may use the digital content, and also the basis ...

10. Website contributor agreements

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These contributor contracts share the same core provisions. The contributor has an obligation to deliver the agreed contributions to the website operator, and to license or assign the intellectual property rights in those contributions to the operator. The contributor also warrants that the contributions will not create legal difficulties for the operator. The contracts take account of the possibility that the contributor may be using source material provided by the operator, and in these cases the operator will be responsible for such source material. Confidentiality obligations protecting the operator are also included in all the contracts.

11. Copyright agreement

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This copyright agreement is concerned with the assignment and licensing of copyright and other unregistered intellectual property rights in work and materials. An assignment is a transfer of ownership of the rights, whereas a licence is grant of a right to do some defined act or acts in relation to the protected work. The assignment and licensing provisions are organised using the idea of deliverables. ...

12. Download terms and conditions

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These download terms and conditions templates each follow the same basic pattern, with standard clauses covering the order process, pricing and payments, distance selling rules, warranties, liability limitations and interpretation. However, the licensing clause in each document - which sets out the basis upon which a customer may use the downloaded files is tailored to the particular type of download.

13. Digital marketplace website terms and conditions

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A digital marketplace is a forum for users to buy and sell digital products. These terms and conditions have been designed to help website operators regulate the various legal relationships that arise out of the operation of such a marketplace. The document is not specific to one particular type of digital download, and may in principle be used for ebooks, audio files, video files, software ...