Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

11(1)The question who was first owner of copyright in an existing work shall be determined in accordance with the law in force at the time the work was made.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Where before commencement a person commissioned the making of a work in circumstances falling within—

(a)section 4(3) of the 1956 Act or paragraph (a) of the proviso to section 5(1) of the 1911 Act (photographs, portraits and engravings), or

(b)the proviso to section 12(4) of the 1956 Act (sound recordings),

those provisions apply to determine first ownership of copyright in any work made in pursuance of the commission after commencement.