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Posted on April 3rd, 2012, by

Today, the copyright law in the UK needs substantial changes to be introduced to meet new challenges determined by the emergence of new information technologies, internet and telecommunication systems. At the same time, the existing legislation concerning copyright provides the ground for the development of an effective copyright law which has to be extended to the internet, e-business and other fields which have appeared in the result of the development of new information technologies and telecommunication systems. On the other hand, the existing regulations have already proved their effectiveness in regard to conventional fields, where copyright law is traditionally applied. The UK is one of the countries, where the copyright law protects intellectual property rights effectively and minimizes the risk of the unauthorized use of private information or intellectual property rights without the consent from the part of the owner of intellectual property rights. In such a situation, the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988, which is the fundamental legal act defining and regulating copyright, refers mainly to conventional scope of copyright regulations but it fails to provide the efficient protection of copyright and intellectual property rights, when information technologies and modern telecommunication systems are involved. In this respect, it is possible to refer to the case of Napster, which was alleged to violate copyright law for Napster provided users with the possibility to download music for free without authorization from the part of intellectual rights owners. This case is quite noteworthy because it reveals the full extent to which the existing copyright law is imperfect and needs consistent improvements to ensure the full protection of copyright and intellectual property rights in the UK.

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