Copyright has become very essential now with increasing plagiarism. But copyright law has some specifications and complications associated with it which makes seeking professional help necessary. The copyright lawyers help their client in understanding the problem better and finding a good solution.
The Copyright Law entered the common law in 1709 Statute of Anne and in 1911, it became statutory when the Copyright Act was passed. Most modern works are registered under the 1988 Copyright, Design and Patent Act.
1988 Copyright, Design and Patent Act.
This 1988 Act authorizes the owner of a film, drama, literature, sound recording, or design to file a case of infringement against anyone who reproduces it. If someone copies a work without the owner’s consent, a copyright lawyer should be consulted by the owner under the Copyright Act of 1988 to pursue the case in the best possible method to assert his ownership.
The originator of a copyrightable work has legal rights to be identified as its owner and protection against any broadcasting, public performances, copying, lending, renting and adapting. If anyone violates this right, he’s liable of punishment under the Copyright Act.
Whether it be reproducing work as exhibitions, a broadcast on radio or loudspeaker, an exhibition, a movie, a book or any additions or omissions from the work, the originator of the project must always be consulted by the third party.
The limitation of copyright law is that it does not provide protection to ideas but expression of ideas.
Anything in a tangible form comes under the protection: a book written, a website designed, a movie recorded or a dance choreographed. Any idea shared by word of mouth and copied cannot be challenged. As words said are not a tangible form unless it is in the form of a recording.
Due to these complexities of the copyright law, professional help must be sought when it comes to plagiarism. A lawyer makes the whole process easier by guiding his client in the right direction which saves time, money and effort. These specialist lawyers keep record of the alleged work and make sure no further violations come about. With a lawyer hired, the owner does not have to worry about the copyright infringement of his work, if he is busy elsewhere, the lawyer takes care of the legal affairs.
As it can sometimes be difficult for an ordinary person to understand the legality of copyright law which can sometimes be quite confusing in grading which elements are copyrightable and which are not, the importance of lawyers cannot be ignored.
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988)
Published on July 19, 2012
A short animation accompanied with slides of information which outline and explain the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988. The animation was created on Cinema 4D.
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