Directive on the legal protection of computer programs (2009)

Directive on the legal protection of computer programs (2009)

EU Member States must protect computer programs by copyright. Programs should be protected as literary works, within the meaning of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Computer programs include their preparatory design material. The protection provided for in Directive 2009/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the […]

Patents Act 1977

Patents Act 1977

The UK Patents Act 1977 establishes a new law of patents applicable to future patents and applications for patents, amends the law of patents applicable to existing patents and applications for patents and gives effect to certain international conventions on patents. The Patents Act 1977 is the main patent law in the UK. It sets out the legal rights […]

Trade Marks Act 1994

Trade Marks Act 1994

The UK Trade Marks Act 1994 protects the online use of trade marks and introduces criminal offences against trade mark infringement. For example, during web site design and when using electronic communications, such as email, ensuring your own trade mark protection as well as avoiding using another’s trade mark is essential. The Trade Marks Act 1994 makes […]

Patents Act 2004

Patents Act 2004

The UK Patents Act 2004 amends the law relating to patents, specifically the Patents Act 1977.  The Patents Act 2004 calls for a more supportive framework to help small businesses enforce patent rights and promote innovation. It encourages out-of-court settlement of disputes whilst deterring patent owners from making unreasonable allegations of infringement. The Intellectual Property Office believes that […]

Digital Economy Act 2010

Digital Economy Act 2010

The UK Digital Economy Act 2010 contains new government powers over Internet domain names, material on Channel 4 and independent television networks, radio licensing (including provisions for a radio ‘digital switch-over’) and laws about the classification of video games. The Digital Economy Act 2010 ends with a section that should help libraries loan out audio and e-books. But the […]

The Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997

The Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997

The Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997 implement the Legal Protection of Databases Directive.  The Directive harmonises the laws of member states relating to the protection of copyright in databases. It also created a new exclusive “sui generis” right for database producers (the ‘database right’), valid for 15 years, to protect their investment of […]

Copyright Visually Impaired Persons Act 2002

Copyright Visually Impaired Persons Act 2002

The UK Copyright Visually Impaired Persons Act 2002 permits, without infringement of copyright, the transfer of copyright works to formats accessible to visually impaired persons. Under the Copyright Visually Impaired Persons Act 2002, single accessible copies may be made for, and distributed to, the blind for their own personal use without a licence. Non-profit and educational bodies […]

The Copyright (Computer Programs) Regulations 1992

The Copyright (Computer Programs) Regulations 1992

Reference: UK/1992/SI/3233 Under The Copyright (Computer Programs) Regulations 1992, board directors can be prosecuted for permitting the illegal copying of software or its use in their company. Legal protection of computer programs directive The Copyright (Computer Programs) Regulations 1992 implement the provisions of Council Directive No. 91/250/EEC (O.J. No. L122, 17.5.91, page 42) on the legal […]