Gives the originators (or employers of the originators) of certain types of material that has formally been recorded in some way, the automatic right to prevent or control the extent to which others copy, use or adapt the material. Notice that the definition states ‘originators’ or ’employers of the originators’. This is because some works may be produced by an employee who has been employed to produce certain works in return for a fee. In which case, the employer will hold the copyright unless the contract between employer and employee states otherwise.