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How can we enforce our copyright better?


WE NEED your help urgently to improve the way you can enforce your copyright and claim against those who pirate your work. The UK government's Intellectual Property Office is conducting a consultation on the effectiveness of existing systems for freelancers and small businesses to take claims for infringement. The responses can affect how easy it is for you to claim payment when your work is used without permission.

The Creators' Rights Alliance, of which the NUJ is a member, is asking the writers and photographers and other creators in its member organisations:

  • Have you experienced piracy, or had copyright in your work infringed? Or has anyone made a claim against you?
  • What difficulties have you encountered in enforcing your rights?
  • Do you know what to do? What could be done better?
  • Have you been involved in an infringement case and if so, what was your experience of the process?
  • How aware are you of the IPEC Small Claims Track as an available route to pursue claims?
  • Would you like the option of a range of fixed payment amounts (statutory damages) for infringements instead of having to prove damage?

The Intellectual Property Office wants to hear from you to try to improve their systems. Your responses will help us in lobbying for change. Please do complete their simple questionnaire by 2 November and help improve our copyright protection regime for your fellow creators. It would help with campaigning if you could copy your response to us at with subject line "Enforcing copyright"