The law governing copyright in the UK is the Copyright, Design and Patents Act (CDPA) (1988) and amendments. Its purpose is to protect the intellectual property of creators and publishers of all literary, dramatic, artistic, musical, audio-visual and electronic works. As long as the work is original, copyright protection is automatic. In the UK copyright exists whether or not it is identified using the © symbol.

Copyright ownership generally belongs to the author or creator of the work although an employer may probably own the copyright unless there is a contract to specify otherwise.

Copyright can be assigned or sold on for example to a publisher. Therefore this needs to be considered when seeking to identify a copyright owner.

Copyright owners have exclusive rights to their work which include the right:

  • to copy work
  • to issue copies of the work to the public
  • to perform, show or play the work in public
  • to broadcast the work or include it in a cable programme service
  • to adapt the work or do any of the above in relation to the adaptation.

Therefore anybody doing any of the above without permission or licence is infringing copyright.

Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests or we publish routinely will be subject to copyright protection. In most cases the copyright will be owned by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. The copyright in other information may be owned by another person or organisation, as indicated on the information itself.

You are free to use any information supplied for your own non-commercial research or private study purposes. The information may also be used for any other purpose allowed by a limitation or exception in copyright law, such as news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for example by publishing the information in analogue or digital form, including on the internet, will require the permission of the copyright owner.

For information (where the copyright is owned by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council) and details of the conditions on re-use can be found on the terms and conditions page.

For information where the copyright is owned by another person or organisation you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their permission.​

Contact us

Corporate Information Governance

Corporate Information Governance Team
County Hall
Bond Street

01924 306 112