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Copyright notice

This template copyright notice has been designed to help website operators protect their copyright.

Websites as such are not copyright-protected works. However, most websites will incorporate text (literary works), images (graphic works), computer code (also literary works) and potentially other types of copyright-protected work too.

The notice has several different purposes: (i) it contains an assertion of the ownership of copyright in the website; (ii) it sets out licensing terms which describe the ways in which the website may be used; and (iii) it contains provisions relating to copyright infringements, enforcement and permissions.

If you are using one of our website T&Cs of use documents, you are unlikely to need this template, as most of those documents incorporate a copyright notice.

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Copyright notice contents

  1. Copyright notice: UCC copyright notice; ownership of rights in website; website content protected by laws and treaties.
  2. Copyright licence: licence to use website; no downloading; website use: permitted purposes; no modification of website content; limitations on licence to use website (no redistributable content).
  3. Acceptable use: acceptable use: prohibitions (simple).
  4. Report abuse: request to report abuse; how to report abuse.
  5. Enforcement of copyright: copyright protection taken seriously; consequences of copyright infringement.
  6. Permissions: how to request permission to use copyright materials.
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