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Copyright Acts and related laws

The principal legislation on copyright can be found in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

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The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 has been amended on a number of occasions since it came into force on 1 August 1989, but the amending laws have not been officially consolidated into a single text. This document shows the copyright only sections of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended).

Published 7 July 2011
Last updated 25 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 updated.
  2. Removed duplicated material. Legislative links and lists of relevant legislation amending the 1988 Act are within the pdf.
  3. A new updated version of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 has been published.
  4. A new updated version of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 has been published.
  5. A new updated version of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 has been published.
  6. First published.