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Guides By Topic: Intellectual Property

  • The war against P2P

    In April, Madonna fans tried downloading songs from her then-unreleased album American Life, but unwittingly downloaded a recording of the singer asking: "What the f*** do you think you're doing?"

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  • Britain's approach to the Copyright Directive

    The Copyright Directive – properly called Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of copyright and related rights in the information society – was due to be implemented by all EU member states by 22nd December 2002. Few member states met the deadline....

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  • Copyright restrictions increased - the effect on education

    In 2003, UK copyright law was amended so that a number of activities that were previously permitted under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 are now only permitted under more limited circumstances. The main changes, which are described below,...

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  • Photocopying in a commercial context

    Organisations need a licence to carry out photocopying for commercial purposes to avoid infringing copyright, even where the copying is done for research purposes.

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