Information and Copyright

Information

It is imperative that you establish systems for the proper administration and management of information. Organisations are bombarded with vast volumes of information daily, received by post, telephone, text, email, fax, etc. Poor systems will lead to organisational inefficiency. For example, how do you ensure that information is passed round all relevant people? How do you keep track of your library resources? Also think about how you manage your information and communications technology, how you store data, and how you deal with intellectual property rights.

Poor systems will lead to organisational inefficiency

Copyright

The author of an original literary, dramatic or artistic work is entitled to the copyright on that work. Copyright is breached where a person or an organisation, without the copyright owner’s consent, does anything with the work. Certain uses of works may be allowed where, for example, the work is sufficiently acknowledged. It is a complex area of law, so if in doubt take legal advice before using the work of another person.

Trade marks

A trade mark means any sign which distinguishes the goods or services of one company or organisation from that of another. The trade mark can consist of, for example, words, designs, letters or numbers. Trade marks can be registered under the Trade Marks Act 1996, and this provides protection to the owner. As with copyright, this is a specialist area of law for which detailed legal advice should be sought, if in doubt.