What is Copyright Infringement?

What is Copyright Infringement?


What is Copyright Infringement?

Copyright infringement occurs if all or a substantial part of a copyright work is copied (even transiently e.g. on a screen) or if infringing copies are imported, held or dealt in.

With electronic works such as computer software or videos, where those works have anti-copy features, traders lawfully dealing in such works can use copyright law to prevent others unlawfully dealing in devices intended to circumvent those anti-copying features.

However, if copies of the work are already in public circulation with the copyright owner's permission, subsequent use of those copies cannot generally be restricted.

By way of exception, rentals of sound recordings, films and computer programs may be restricted.

In the case of protecting databases, the owner has rights to prevent unauthorised extraction.

Fair Dealing

Certain copying is legally permitted and is hence not copyright infringement if it is considered in law to be fair dealing. Fair dealing includes copying for research and private study, copying by libraries and educational institutions, copying for journalistic quotes and for non-commercial research, criticism and review.

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