The Copyright Law

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The Copyright Law Copyright is the "exclusive right given by law for term of years to author, designer etc., or his assignee to print, publish or sell copies of his original work" Copyright is a law that protects published and unpublished work that you can see, hear and touch, from being reproduced without prior consent from the creator of the work. Copyright law and copyright originated in the United Kingdom from a concept of common law, the statute of Anne 1709. It became statutory with the passing of the copyright act 1911. The current act is the copyright, designs and patents act 1988. Until 1996, under UK law copyright ended fifty years after the creator of the work died or, if it was published after their death, fifty years after the work was first lawfully published. However, UK law was superseded by a Directive of the European Union from 1 January 1996. That harmonized the copyright laws in the member states of the Union and extended the period of copyright to seventy years for all member states of the European Union including the UK. So in the UK and throughout the European Union copyright now lasts for seventy years. In fact, it is slightly longer than that as copyright ends on 1 January after the seventieth anniversary. Copyright begins when any of the work is actually created, even if you have not registered it. It is your right, as the creator of work, to put the copyright symbol next to your name, except when you have stolen work from someone else and are attempting to pass it off as your own. The individual normally ow... ... middle of paper ... ...of electronic data. The first is that private copies will be made for personal use but that the fair deal will be ignored. Although, this is not in violation of copyright laws, as long as it does not affect the value of the work. The second issue is probably the most serious cause for concern. This is that someone might try to profit from reselling articles. This is not so much a threat for scholarly journal articles, but is definitely a problem when people take movies, songs and books from the internet. The third issue is the free distribution of copyright material. In most cases, it is an unintentional act, which does not result in the loss of any money to the creator of the original works. If, however, it is found to be a deliberate act, to make profit from someone else's work then the courts will act on it.

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