Copyright protects original:
- literary and written work, like published novels or content on websites
You automatically get copyright protection when you create something original – you don’t need to register.
UK copyright is automatically valid in countries who have signed the Berne Convention http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ShowResults.jsp?treaty_id=15%20Title
How long copyright lasts in these countries varies, but it’s usually a minimum of 50 years (25 years for photographs).