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Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

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[F1(1)In this Part a “broadcast” means an electronic transmission of visual images, sounds or other information which—

(a)is transmitted for simultaneous reception by members of the public and is capable of being lawfully received by them, or

(b)is transmitted at a time determined solely by the person making the transmission for presentation to members of the public,

and which is not excepted by subsection (1A); and references to broadcasting shall be construed accordingly.

(1A)Excepted from the definition of “broadcast” is any internet transmission unless it is—

(a)a transmission taking place simultaneously on the internet and by other means,

(b)a concurrent transmission of a live event, or

(c)a transmission of recorded moving images or sounds forming part of a programme service offered by the person responsible for making the transmission, being a service in which programmes are transmitted at scheduled times determined by that person.]

(2)An encrypted transmission shall be regarded as capable of being lawfully received by members of the public only if decoding equipment has been made available to members of the public by or with the authority of the person making the transmission or the person providing the contents of the transmission.

(3)References in this Part to the person making a broadcast, [F2or a transmission which is a broadcast] are—

(a)to the person transmitting the programme, if he has responsibility to any extent for its contents, and

(b)to any person providing the programme who makes with the person transmitting it the arrangements necessary for its transmission;

and references in this Part to a programme, in the context of broadcasting, are to any item included in a broadcast.

[F3(4)For the purposes of this Part, the place from which a [F4wireless] broadcast is made is the place where, under the control and responsibility of the person making the broadcast, the programme-carrying signals are introduced into an uninterrupted chain of communication (including, in the case of a satellite transmission, the chain leading to the satellite and down towards the earth).]

[F5(4A)Subsections (3) and (4) have effect subject to section 6A (safeguards in case of certain satellite broadcasts).]

(5)References in this Part to the reception of a broadcast include reception of a broadcast relayed by means of a telecommunications system.

[F6(5A)The relaying of a broadcast by reception and immediate re-transmission shall be regarded for the purposes of this Part as a separate act of broadcasting from the making of the broadcast which is so re-transmitted.]

(6)Copyright does not subsist in a broadcast which infringes, or to the extent that it infringes, the copyright in another broadcast F7. . . .

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F3S. 6(4) substituted (1.12.1996 with effect as mentioned in reg. 28 of the amending S.I.) by S.I. 1996/2967, reg. 5

F5S. 6(4A) inserted (1.12.1996 with effect as mentioned in reg. 28 of the amending S.I.) by S.I. 1996/2967, reg. 6(1)

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