Artistic works created on or after 1 August 1989 are protected by copyright under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 provided that certain criteria are met, which include a requirement that the work be original. Artistic works can be protected by copyright regardless of their artistic quality.
Works created before 1 August 1989 may be protected by copyright under earlier legislation.
What is an artistic work?
The definition “artistic work” covers a broad range of types of work. The following types of work fall within the definition of “artistic work”:
“Graphic works” includes the following types of work:
drawings (including architects drawings, engineering drawings, circuit diagrams, drawings of garments and cutting patterns, drawings of patterns for bedspreads and cushion covers, cartoons);
engravings (including rubber stereo used to print images on heat transfer paper and moulds for making the “Frisbee”);
For more information on:
- Works of architecture
- Works of “artistic craftsmanship”
- How long does copyright in an artistic work last?