Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988
The current UK copyright law is the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Pursuant to the Act, the creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works are granted the right to control how their material can be used. The rights include copying, adapting, issuing, renting and lending copies to the public, Broadcast and public performance. In many cases, the creator will also be allowed to be identified as the author and to object to distortions of his work. Copyright arises when an organization or individual creates a work and applies to a work if it is regarded as original, and exhibits a degree of skill, labor, or judgment.
Interpretation is related to the independent creation rather than the idea behind the creation. Your idea for a novel, for example, would not be protected itself, but it would be protected if you write the actual content of the novel. In other words, someone else is still allowed to write their own novel based on the same idea, as long as they do not directly copy or adapt yours to do so. Titles, names, short phrases, and colors are not generally regarded as unique enough to be protected, but a creation, such as a logo, that combines these elements may be.
Normally the individual or collective who authored the work will exclusively own the rights. Nevertheless, if a work is created as part of employment then the work normally belongs to the person or the company who hired the employee. For freelance or commissioned work, rights will normally belong to the author of the work, unless there is an agreement to the contrary, (i.e. in a contract for service). Only the owner or his exclusive licensee can bring proceedings in the courts against an infringement.