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The origin of copyright legislation in the UK can be traced back to the sixteenth century. The principal aims for which the copyright legislation had been enacted include encouraging education and learning. Besides this purpose the copyright legislation also aimed to reward the authors for their efforts by providing them a monopoly right on their works for printing them for a definite period of time.


Thus the objective of the copyright law was essentially to provide a monopoly for authors and creators in order to protect their creative works and reward them for their efforts. However to examine, whether the existing copyright legislation in the UK provides for a full enjoyment of this monopoly right by the authors and creators in the present day circumstances is the object of this paper.
Copyright law is concerned with the protection of the expression of ideas of individuals which take the form of creative works. However the copyright law does not offer any protection to the original ideas themselves. The following scope of 'copyright' as outlined by the UK Patent Office (2001) will eliminate the confusion on the coverage of the copyright law:
"Copyright gives the creators of a wide range of material, such as literature, art, music, sound recordings, films and broadcasts, economic rights enabling them to control use of their material in a number of ways, such as by making copies, issuing copies to the public, performing in public, broadcasting and use on-line. Copyright also gives moral rights to be identified as the creator of certain kinds of material, and to object to distortion or mutilation of it. ...
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