Copyright and online dissemination of snippets of information
Copyright and online dissemination of snippets of information

The following IP practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Copyright and online dissemination of snippets of information
  • Issues to consider
  • Copyright protection of micro works
  • Snippets and the author's own intellectual creation
  • Aggregation of and hyperlinking to news content
  • Licence terms
  • The issue of temporary copies
  • Database right
  • Practical points
  • New Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market—press publishers' right

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for intellectual property?

Issues to consider

This Practice Note assumes knowledge of, and should be read in conjunction with, the following Practice Notes:

  1. Copyright—subsistence and qualification

  2. Copyright infringement

  3. Linking on the web

It is likely to be of use to those advising those in the publishing industry and those who offer news aggregation services dealing with dissemination of online information.

Copyright allows the copyright owner to stop others from performing certain acts in relation to the copyright work. Internet-based news aggregation and the hyperlinking of news is big business today.

When considering the online dissemination of information, the main issues to consider about that information are:

  1. whether there is copyright protection

  2. whether there is copyright infringement

  3. whether any copyright infringement exceptions apply

  4. the position on consent to reproduce material or in respect of other infringing acts

Copyright protection of micro works

Original material is protected by copyright. Extracts and

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