Copyright, Designs and Patents Act

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Key points

  • The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act is designed to protect the work created by software designers, writers, artists and musicians.
  • Under the Act, software or web content cannot be copied onto disk or sent over a network without permission.
  • To prevent copying, many companies will monitor and report the use of file-copying services like BitTorrent.
  • Companies also use DRM (Digital Rights Management) which prevents users from using media files without first identifying as the owner. DRM files are unpopular with many users as they cannot be transferred between devices easily,

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