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169 Criminal liability for copyright infringement

| Commentary

169 Criminal liability for copyright infringement

In addition to civil liability, the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 provides for criminal liability in relation to a number of acts which constitute infringement of copyright (but not database right)1.

It is a criminal offence for any person without the licence of the copyright owner to make for sale or hire an article which that person knows or has reason to believe is an infringing copy of a copyright work. It is also an offence for such a person to import any such article into the United Kingdom other than for their private and domestic use or possess any such article in the course of business with a view to committing an act infringing copyright, or to sell or let for hire, or offer or expose for sale or hire, or exhibit in public, or

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