Do I need to Copyright my Stories?

Once you have crafted your story, how can you protect it from being copied and reproduced as somebody else’s own work? Copyright protects you against that.

The following is the link to the UK Government’s guidelines on copyright for intellectual property.

The following is a precis of the information on that page.

You get copyright protection automatically – you don’t have to apply or pay a fee. There isn’t a register of copyright works in the UK.

Copyright protection instantly applies when you create:

  • original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, including illustration and photography
  • original non-literary written work, such as software, web content and databases
  • sound and music recordings
  • film and television recordings
  • broadcasts
  • the layout of published editions of written, dramatic and musical works

Copyright covers you against others:

  • copying your work
  • distributing copies of it, whether free of charge or for sale
  • renting or lending copies of your work
  • performing, showing or playing your work in public
  • making an adaptation of your work
  • putting it on the internet



  1. Phil

    Good. ta for the info.

    • Lynne

      I know you’re producing your memoirs, so probably not too much of a concern for you, but useful to be aware.


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