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4. (1) In section 18 (infringement by issue of copies to the public), in subsection (2)—
(a)after the words “work are” insert “except where the work is a computer program”; and
(b)for the words “, films and computer programs” substitute the words “and films”.
(2) After subsection (2) of that section insert—
“(3) References in this Part to the issue to the public of copies of a work where the work is a computer program are to the act of putting into circulation copies of that program not previously put into circulation in the United Kingdom or any other member State, by or with the consent of the copyright owner, and not to—
(a)any subsequent distribution, sale, hiring or loan of those copies, or
(b)any subsequent importation of those copies into the United Kingdom,
except that the restricted act of issuing copies to the public includes any rental of copies to the public.”.
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