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Copyright patents act

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MATTHEW ALLEN N5 Copyright Patents Act What is it? The copyright patents act of 1988 states that it is illegal to copy software without the permission of the person/company that owns the copyright of the software. The copyright holder is usually the author of the software. Illegal copying of software reduces the income to software companies. Having invested money in producing the software, these companies need to earn income from software sales to make profits. Offences which are outlawed by the act: * Unauthorised copying of software. ...read more.

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* Compensation is also often awarded to the software company that has had its software copied. Despite the fact that copying software is illegal many people still do it. To prevent this some software companies use copy protection methods to make it harder to copy software. Software companies also use licensing agreements to restrict what customers can do with the software that they purchase ? so they can?t copy it and sell it on. Copyright patents act breaches 1. A man from Reading was sentenced for running an illegal football streaming website. ...read more.

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1. In 2009 four men were jailed for a year. They were also ordered to pay £3 million in damages. They were all found guilty of breaking copyright law. The 4 men were behind The Pirate Bay, the world’s most high profile file sharing website. This was a breach of the law because they sold films and songs etc. that didn’t belong to them (they didn’t own the copyrights) - they were illegally downloaded. Also by running the sight they gave other people the opportunity to breach the act and share illegal files. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pirate_Bay ...read more.

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