Infringement of copyright definition

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What does Infringement of copyright mean?

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA 1988) gives the copyright owner exclusive rights in the UK to carry out various acts in relation to the copyright work. Activities set out in the CDPA 1988 carried out by those other than the copyright owner, without permission, may infringe the owner's exclusive rights.

There are two types of copyright infringement. Primary infringement occurs when a person does, or authorises another to do, any of the restricted acts without the permission of the owner of the copyright. Primary infringers are strictly liable, which means that their state of mind is not relevant to liability. Secondary infringement occurs 'further down the supply chain' where infringing works are dealt with or their production facilitated. Knowledge is required.

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