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introduction4.1 Intellectual Property Rights


skull crossbonesThe rights and regulations protected by the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 are called Intellectual Property Rights, or IPR. They are designed to make sure the owner of the copyright is not commercially exploited, can keep control over their original work and can get a fair financial return for it.

But did you know that these laws of copyright also extend to electronic texts and images, as well as software, books or printed materials and music? It is important to be aware of these copyright laws when you are collecting resources to use in your own products. The following pages will guide you through the confusing number of terms and definitions surrounding copyright laws.

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