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Copyright Act 1956

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Copyright in Original Works

    1. 1.Nature of copyright under this Act

    2. 2.Copyright in literary, dramatic and musical works

    3. 3.Copyright in artistic works

    4. 4.Ownership of copyright in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works

    5. 5.Infringements by importation, sale and other dealings

    6. 6.General exceptions from protection of literary, dramatic and musical works

    7. 7.Special exceptions as respects libraries and archives

    8. 8.Special exception in respect of records of musical works

    9. 9.General exceptions from protection of artistic works

    10. 10.Special exception in respect of industrial designs

    11. 11.Provisions as to anonymous and pseudonymous works, and works of joint authorship

  3. Part II Copyright in Sound Recordings, Cinematograph Films, Broadcasts, etc

    1. 12.Copyright in sound recordings

    2. 13.Copyright in cinematograph films

    3. 14.Copyright in television broadcasts and sound broadcasts

    4. 15.Copyright in published editions of works

    5. 16.Supplementary provisions for purposes of Part II

  4. Part III Remedies for Infringements of Copyright

    1. 17.Action by owner of copyright for infringement

    2. 18.Rights of owner of copyright in respect of infringing copies, etc

    3. 19.Proceedings in case of copyright subject to exclusive licence

    4. 20.Proof of facts in copyright actions

    5. 21.Penalties and summary proceedings in respect of dealings which infringe copyright

    6. 22.Provision for restricting importation of printed copies

  5. Part IV Performing Right Tribunal

    1. 23.Establishment of tribunal

    2. 24.General provisions as to jurisdiction of tribunal

    3. 25.Reference of licence schemes to tribunal

    4. 26.Further reference of scheme to tribunal

    5. 27.Applications to tribunal

    6. 28.Exercise of jurisdiction of tribunal in relation to diffusion of foreign broadcasts

    7. 29.Effect of orders of tribunal, and supplementary provisions relating thereto

    8. 30.Reference of questions of law to the court

  6. Part V Extension or Restriction of Operation of Act

    1. 31.Extension of Act to Isle of Man, Channel Islands, colonies and dependencies

    2. 32.Application of Act to countries to which it does not extend

    3. 33.Provisions as to international organisations

    4. 34.Extended application of provisions relating to broadcasts

    5. 35.Denial of copyright to citizens of countries not giving: adequate protection to British works

  7. Part VI Miscellaneous and Supplementary Provisions

    1. 36.Assignments and licences in respect of copyright

    2. 37.Prospective ownership of copyright

    3. 38.Copyright to pass under will with unpublished work

    4. 39.Provisions as to Crown and Government departments

    5. 40.Broadcasts of sound recordings and cinematograph films, and diffusion of broadcast programmes

    6. 41.Use of copyright material for education

    7. 42.Special provisions as to public records

    8. 43.False attribution of authorship

    9. 44.Amendments of Registered Designs Act, 1949

    10. 45.Amendment of Dramatic and Musical Performers' Protection Act, 1925

    11. 46.Savings

    12. 47.General provisions as to Orders in Council, regulations, rules and orders, and as to Board of Trade

    13. 48.Interpretation

    14. 49.Supplementary provisions as to interpretation

    15. 50.Transitional provisions, and repeals

    16. 51.Short title, commencement and extent

    1. First Schedule

      False Registration of Industrial Designs

    2. Second Schedule

      Duration of Copyright in Anonymous and Pseudonymous Works

    3. Third Schedule

      Works of Joint Authorship

    4. Fourth Schedule

      Provisions as to Performing Right Tribunal

    5. Fifth Schedule

      Appointment of Television Copyright Organisations by British Broadcasting Corporation and Independent Television Authority

    6. Sixth Schedule

      Amendment of Dramatic and Musical Performers' Protection Act, 1925

    7. Seventh Schedule

      Transitional Provisions

    8. Eighth Schedule

      Provisions of Copyright Act, 1911, and Rules, referred to in Seventh Schedule

    9. Ninth Schedule

      Enactments Repealed

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