Copyright Designs and Patents Act
By Luke Andrews
What is the Copyright and Patents Act?
Material that has taken someone a lot of effort and talent to produce, is called 'Intellectual Property'.
Parliament has therefore passed an Act to help protect their property and the rights that they deserve for the creation of their work.
It is called the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.
Computer systems have been heavily involved with this Act because they make it possible for people to easily access copyright material - both legally and illegally
For example there are perfectly legitimate music sites that sell tracks and pay the required royalty fees to the owners of the music for every track sold - and there are dubious sites that do not - they pay nothing to the original artist - is this fair?