UK copyright protection for foreign works and nationals

The UK has simplified the process of applying copyright protection to foreign works and nationals.



The UK`s international treaty obligations on copyright requires the UK to protect foreign works and nationals. The IPO have introduced changes to simplify this process. The guidance and tables explain these changes. This will assist UK rightholders identify reciprocal protection in other countries.

Extensive analysis has been undertaken to ensure that the same protections are applied in the new provisions. This information is set out in the attached spreadsheets.

Published 6 April 2017
Last updated 4 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. The IPO's guidance has been updated to remove references to the EU and EEA and to clarify how UK law protects each category of work and performance from other countries.

  2. First published.