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(p. 202) 8. Subsistence of copyright 

(p. 202) 8. Subsistence of copyright
(p. 202) 8. Subsistence of copyright

Helen E Norman

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date: 25 May 2020

Without assuming prior legal knowledge, books in the Directions series introduce and guide readers through key points of law and legal debate. Questions, diagrams, and exercises help readers to engage fully with each subject and check their understanding as they progress. This chapter draws upon s.1 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA), which declares that copyright is a property right which subsists in eight different categories of ‘work’. It explains these eight categories of work (literary, dramatic, musical, artistic works; films, sound recordings, broadcasts, and typographical arrangements); the way in which each category of work is defined in both legislation and case law; the fundamental requirement of originality and the problems it presents; the distinction between authorship and ownership; and the rules on the duration of copyright protection under present legislation.

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