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Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

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False attribution of workE+W+S+N.I.

84 False attribution of work.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A person has the right in the circumstances mentioned in this section—

(a)not to have a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work falsely attributed to him as author, and

(b)not to have a film falsely attributed to him as director;

and in this section an “attribution”, in relation to such a work, means a statement (express or implied) as to who is the author or director.

(2)The right is infringed by a person who—

(a)issues to the public copies of a work of any of those descriptions in or on which there is a false attribution, or

(b)exhibits in public an artistic work, or a copy of an artistic work, in or on which there is a false attribution.

(3)The right is also infringed by a person who—

(a)in the case of a literary, dramatic or musical work, performs the work in public [F1or communicates it to the public] as being the work of a person, or

(b)in the case of a film, shows it in public [F1or communicates it to the public] as being directed by a person,

knowing or having reason to believe that the attribution is false.

(4)The right is also infringed by the issue to the public or public display of material containing a false attribution in connection with any of the acts mentioned in subsection (2) or (3).

(5)The right is also infringed by a person who in the course of a business—

(a)possesses or deals with a copy of a work of any of the descriptions mentioned in subsection (1) in or on which there is a false attribution, or

(b)in the case of an artistic work, possesses or deals with the work itself when there is a false attribution in or on it,

knowing or having reason to believe that there is such an attribution and that it is false.

(6)In the case of an artistic work the right is also infringed by a person who in the course of a business—

(a)deals with a work which has been altered after the author parted with possession of it as being the unaltered work of the author, or

(b)deals with a copy of such a work as being a copy of the unaltered work of the author,

knowing or having reason to believe that that is not the case.

(7)References in this section to dealing are to selling or letting for hire, offering or exposing for sale or hire, exhibiting in public, or distributing.

(8)This section applies where, contrary to the fact—

(a)a literary, dramatic or musical work is falsely represented as being an adaptation of the work of a person, or

(b)a copy of an artistic work is falsely represented as being a copy made by the author of the artistic work,

as it applies where the work is falsely attributed to a person as author.

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