COPYRIGHT LEGISLATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

The United Kingdom (U.K.) Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1998 (CDPA) is the central U.K. legislation on copyrights. CDPA establishes civil and criminal penalties for copyright infringers. Civil remedies generally provide financial compensation to aggrieved intellectual property rights holders. Regarding criminal matters, most of the copyright criminal offences contained in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1998 are related to commercial activity. This article answers the following questions: How does the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1998 deal with copyright infringement issues; whether the CDPA prohibits sharing and downloading of copyrighted music in the country; whether databases are protected by the U.K. copyright law; and what copyrights students own over their own work particularly with reference to photographs and materials produced.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How does the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998 (CDPA) deal with criminal copyright infringement issues?
Does the CDPA prohibit sharing and downloading of copyrighted music?
Are databases protected under U.K. copyright law?
Do students own copyrights over their own work particularly with reference to photographs, websites created, and materials produced?

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