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Contemporary Intellectual PropertyLaw and Policy

Contemporary Intellectual Property: Law and Policy (5th edn)

Abbe Brown, Smita Kheria, Jane Cornwell, and Marta Iljadica
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date: 03 October 2022

p. 513. Copyright 2: subject matter, first ownership, and termlocked

p. 513. Copyright 2: subject matter, first ownership, and termlocked

  • Abbe Brown, Abbe BrownProfessor in Intellectual Property, University of Aberdeen
  • Smita Kheria, Smita KheriaSenior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Edinburgh
  • Jane CornwellJane CornwellLecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Edinburgh
  •  and Marta IljadicaMarta IljadicaLecturer in Intellectual Property, University of Glasgow

Abstract

This chapter first examines the subject matter in which copyright subsists and the criteria for copyright protection as set out in the Copyright, Designs, and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA 1988). This centres on the concept of the ‘protected work’ and makes use of a distinction between what are sometimes known as ‘author works’ (literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and film works) and ‘media works’ (typographical arrangements, sound recordings, broadcasts, and adaptations). It then considers the identification of the first owner of copyright when it comes into existence. It discusses the concept of joint authorship and ownership of copyright works when created in the course of employment. The final section discusses the duration of copyright.

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