Copyright Designs And Patents Act 1988

According to the new Copyright law in the UK, the work of an individual will automatically be copyrighted without getting any kind of permission, approval and registration. Therefore, there is no need to worry about the copyright of your material and there is no need to get any kind of permission from any kind of government organization.

Copyright, design and patent Act

The United Kingdom is known as the birthplace for the new laws of the copyright. The United Kingdom has commenced the copyright laws from the statue of Anne and this law was originated in 1710. No doubt, this law was originated in those days when there was no issue of online blogs and piracy. The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 came into existence on 1st August 1989. Some smaller provisions of this law came into full effect till 1990. There are lots of amendments are made in this law and we can also see a clear influence of the European Union on this law.

All of these laws were crafted before the origin of the internet and with the invention of the internet; the world has also faced some other ways of copyright issues. In order to meet these copyright issues, it was necessary to bring some amendments to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. According to this copyright policy, the person who has generated the work on the computer is the owner of that work. In the UK and other parts of the world, people are not allowed to use the copyright content of any person without the explicit permission of the owner.

In other words, we can say that we are not allowed to use a large portion of the content without the permission of the creator. Anyhow, there are also some limited permissions from the creator to use the copyrighted material. In the United Kingdom, ‘Fair Use’ is a policy which allows the people to use the content of other creators. On the other hand, in the United States, ‘Fair Dealing’ is the policy which allows the people to use the content of other creators as their own.

We can say that Fair Dealing has more restrictive clauses than Fair Use policy. We can say that there requires sufficient acknowledgement while using the work of a creator. If you are not acknowledging the work of the others, it means that you are pirating of the copyrighted material. In the UK, there was also a time when internet cache services were also considered against the law. Due to the Fair Dealing policy, the users were not able to make even copies of the websites and blog posts. Later on, an amendment was passed and according to this amendment, the users were allowed to make the temporary copies of the websites.

Individuals in the UK are still facing some problems because they are not able to understand that either it is easy for them to register their material with an organization or they can use some specific symbols in order to register their material. Nowadays, an amendment is also passed and they have provided the answer to this question is ‘No’. Its reason is that according to the new Copyright law in the UK, the work of an individual will automatically be copyrighted without getting any kind of permission, approval and registration. Therefore, there is no need to worry about the copyright of your material and there is no need to get any kind of permission from any kind of government organization.

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I am Chief Executive Officer at The Academic Papers UK