Intellectual property – statutory guidance

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).

Primary legislation (Acts of Parliament)

The most important legislation that has amended the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is as follows:

Related laws

The table below lists other laws which have either amended the original Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, or makes reference to it.

Date Subject SI No Description
1 August 1989 Unregistered Design Right 1989 No 1100 The Design Right (Semiconductor Topographies) Regulations 1989. Implements Directive 87/54/EEC on the legal protection of topographies of semiconductor products in the UK.
1 January 1993 Copyright in computer programs 1992 No 3233 Copyright (Computer Programs) Regulations 1992. Implements Directive 91/250/EEC on the legal protection of computer programs.
1 January 1996 Duration of copyright 1995 No 3297 The Duration of Copyright and Rights in Performances Regulations 1995. Implements Directive 93/98/EEC on the duration of copyright and related rights.
1 December 1996 Publication Right 1996 No 2967 The Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 1996. Implements, amongst other things, Article 4 of Directive 93/98/EEC on the duration of copyright and related rights.
1 January 1998 Database Right 1997 No 3032 The Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulation 1997. Implements Directive 96/9/EC on the legal protection of databases in the UK
28 May 2000 Conditional Access 2000 No 1175 The Conditional Access (Unauthorised Decoders) Regulation 2000. Implements Directive 98/84/EC on the legal protection of services based on, or consisting of, conditional access in the UK
31 October 2003 Copyright in the information society 2003 No 2498 The Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003. Implements Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.
1 February 2006 Moral Rights for Performers 2006 No 18 The Performances (Moral Rights, etc) Regulations 2006. Implemented in preparation for the ratification of the 1996 WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT).
14 February 2006 Artist’s Resale Right 2006 No 346 The Artist’s Resale Right Regulation 2006. Implements Directive 2001/84 on royalty payments on the resale of artistic works.
1 November 2013 Duration of copyright 2013 No 1782 The Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances Regulations 2013. Implements Directive 2011/77/EU on the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights.
6 April 2014 Regulation of licensing bodies 2014 No 898 The Copyright (Regulation of Relevant Licensing Bodies) Regulations 2014.
1 June 2014 Copyright exceptions for research, education, libraries, museums and archives 2014 No 1372 The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Research, Education, Libraries and Archives) Regulations 2014. Implements Articles 5(2)(c) and 5(3)(a) of Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.
1 June 2014 Copyright exceptions for disabled people 2014 No 1384 The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014. Implements Article 5(3)(b) of Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.
1 June 2014 Copyright exception for public administration 2014 No 1385 The Copyright (Public Administration) Regulations 2014. Implements Article 5(3)(e) of Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.
1 October 2014 Copyright exceptions for quotation and parody 2014 No 2356 The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Quotation and Parody) Regulations 2014. Implements Articles 5(3)(d) and 5(3)(k) of Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.
1 October 2014 Extended collective licensing 2014 No 2588 The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Extended Collective Licensing) Regulations 2014.
29 October 2014 Orphan works 2014 No 2861 The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Certain Permitted Uses of Orphan Works) Regulations 2014. Implements Directive 2012/28/EU on certain permitted uses of orphan works.
29 October 2014 Orphan works 2014 No 2863 The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Licensing of Orphan Works) Regulations 2014. Introduces a UK licensing scheme for orphan works.