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​Copyright is a right granted by law that gives the creators of literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works the ability to control ways their work is used and to earn a fair reward for that use. Copyright law also protects sound recordings and films (CDs, videos and DVDs) as well as computer software and broadcasts. Copyright is part of a family of intellectual property (IP) rights recognised under UK law.

In general, you need a license. To help decide what licence is needed use the pdf Guide to Copyright Licencing in Schools or the Copyright and Schools Website from the next panel.

In March 2014 the government made the announcment (see next panel) that they were going to centralise some of the licences.   There was a further announcement in March 2015 that increased the number of licenses that would be included in this deal.