| Commentary

39 Perpetual copyright

| Commentary

39 Perpetual copyright

The perpetual copyright conferred on universities and colleges by the Copyright Act 1775 has been abolished. The existing rights acquired under the Copyright Act 1775 will continue to subsist until the end of the period of 50 years from the end of 1989, ie until 31 December 2039, and will then expire1. Provision is made for certain parts of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 Part I to apply to those rights for the newly truncated period of copyright2.

The Secretary of State now has power to reduce the duration of copyright in existing works which are

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