Infringement definition

What does Infringement mean?

A term typically used in relation to intellectual property (IP) rights that refers to certain (infringing) acts being performed in the UK without the consent of the proprietor of the relevant IP right, or where that right may be registered in the UK, the applicant for that IP right.


A copyright work is infringed when anyone other than its owner or licensor performs or authorises the performance of one of the 'restricted acts' set out in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 without permission, such as copying, issuing copies to the public, renting or lending to the public, performing or playing in public, communicating to the public or making an adaptation. Infringement does not need to involve the complete work; any use of a 'substantial part' will suffice.

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