Helping young people to understand copyright – for their own and other’s compositions

The Government IPO (Intellectual Property Office) has an education website called Cracking Ideas. This holds a wealth of information on all aspects of Intellectual Property (IP) with free resources and downloads.

You register your details on the site but there is no cost.

Examples from Cracking Ideas include:

Music Inc App here – UK Music, Aardman Animations and the Intellectual Property Office have released a new version of Music Inc. Available on iOS and android, Music Inc 2 has been totally rebuilt to incorporate a number of exciting new features.

Players can hire and fire staff, employ lawyers, accountants, publicists, play mini games and gain greater control over the quality of song writing. This upgrade gives players more ways to understand the business of music and see their gameplay choices impact on success.

Music Inc puts players in the driving seat to guide emerging artists through modern day challenges and opportunities in the industry. Taking control of everything from song writing and styling to recording and releasing to market, players feel the impact every managerial decision has on their artists’ careers.

Think Kits

The website overs a broad range of teaching and learning materials related to IP, projects and activities from KS1 to KS4 and further/higher education that are aimed to inspire innovation. One of their comprehensive resources is called Think Kit and is aimed at teachers of GCSE/NQ level and includes a specific music resource

Nancy and the Meerkats

Aimed at the younger audience. We have worked with Funkids Radio to develop this resource based around a pop band called Nancy and the Meerkats. The resource includes links to comic books, lesson plans and radio shows  – more information can be found at

Other useful websites relating to copyright include: