Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Copyright - Copyright and Patents Act 1988

Basically, this law says that as soon as you create any artistic piece of work, such as a picture, a photograph, a piece of music, text etc it immediately belongs to you.

No one else can use this creation without your permission. It is quite normal to charge people money if they wish to use what you have created.

So as multimedia designers, if we are creating an application then we cannot simply go on to Google and take some images and put them in our application as these images belong to someone else and we are breaking the law. The same applies to music, text; we can’t even borrow the design and layout of another application without breaking this law. We always have to ask permission first.

If we break this law we are liable to a fine or even imprisonment.
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