The Copyright Directive was implemented in the UK on October 31, 2003. The resulting changes to UK law have affected the basic rights relevant to uses of copyright material, namely the rights of reproduction and electronic communication to the public, such as digital broadcasting and "on-demand" services. The type and scope of permitted exceptions to these rights have been limited. In addition, legal protection is now available for technological measures used to safeguard rights and copyright material, such as copy protection systems and digital watermarks. Written by acknowledged experts in the field, the book examines the implications of the Copyright Directive for the UK, together with its compliance with existing international instruments and various issues relating to the conflict of laws.
Publication Date: 5/1/2004