The typographical arrangement of a published edition made on or after 1 August 1989 is protected by copyright under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 provided that certain criteria are met.
The typographical arrangement of a published edition made before 1 August 1989 may be protected by copyright under earlier legislation.
A “published edition” is published edition of the whole or any part of one or more literary, dramatic or musical works. A newspaper will constitute a published edition, although individual articles in the newspaper may be protected by copyright separately as literary works.
The design of a typeface contained in a published edition may also be protected by copyright separately as an artistic work.
Copyright in the typographical
arrangement of a published edition expires at the end of the period of 25 years
from the end of the calendar year in which the edition was first published.
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