Copyright Law for Electronic Information

Corbitt, Terry
June 2004
Management Services;Jun2004, Vol. 48 Issue 6, p32
Academic Journal
The article discusses the provisions of the Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003 on electronic information. A copyright owner has the exclusive right to do or authorise the performance of certain acts in relation to the work, for example, making copies of the work or issuing copies to the public and broadcasting the work or including it in a cable programme service. One of the permitted acts allowed a recording of a broadcast to be made for private and domestic use so that it could be watched or listened to at a more convenient time. An offence is also committed by a person who provides, promotes, advertises or markets, in the course of business or otherwise, to such an extent as to affect prejudicially the copyright owner, a service the purpose of which is to enable or facilitate the circumvention of effective technological measures. The maximum penalty is, on trial on indictment, imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years and/or a fine. The significance of the word electronic is that the copies are most likely in digital form and the remedy is designed particularly to apply where copies of works are made available over networks. This protection of electronic right management information is completely new to law in Great Britain.


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