The Copyright, Design and Patents Act (CDPA) (1988) is the law that governs copyright in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the intellectual property of creators and publishers of various types of works.

Copyright protection is automatic for original works, and it exists whether the © symbol is used or not. The creator or author usually owns the copyright, but an employer may own it if specified in a contract. 

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 Council. The copyright in other information may be owned by another person or organisation, as indicated on the information itself.

You can use the information we provide for non-commercial research or private study purposes or for news reporting. But you need permission from the copyright owner to publish the information in any other form, including on the internet.

To know the conditions of reusing information owned by Wakefield Council, check the terms and conditions page here.

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