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Intellectual Property Law
Fraud, Financial Crime & Anti-Money Laundering
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This podcast aims to inform the listener of the distinctions between copyright, patents and trademarks, and between counterfeiting and piracy. It teaches the listener about the various criminal penalties which may attach to different breaches of copyright, both in terms of theft and fraud, and specific statutory offences. It aims to give the listener a practical understanding of how to approach such a breach of copyright case, and how to advise clients on preventing a breach in the first place.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the various distinctions made within intellectual property law;
  • Be aware of the statutory framework governing breach of copyright;
  • Be able to identify various breaches of copyright with their corresponding penalties;
  • Be aware of the relevant case law concerning criminal breaches of copyright;
  • Have a practical understanding of how to approach a breach of copyright case.
Complex Difficulty: 4 of 5
Legal Principles
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Sources and References:
  • European Convention on Human Rights;
  • Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988;
  • Fraud Act 2006;
  • Criminal Justice Act 1987;
  • Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981;
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984;
  • Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002;
  • Computer Misuse Act 1990;
  • Trade Marks Act 1994;
  • Oxford v Moss (1978) 68 Cr App Rep 183;
  • Rank Film Distributors Ltd v Video Information Centre (a firm) [1982] AC 380;
  • Scott v Metropolitan Police Comr [1975] AC 819;
  • R v Bridgeman and Butt [1996] FSR 538;
  • Thames & Hudson Ltd v Design and Artists Copyright Society Ltd [1995] FSR 153;
  • Ealing London Borough v Woolworths plc [1995] Crim LR 58;
  • Nottingham City Council v Amin [2000] 2 All ER 946;
  • Law Commission Consultation Paper 150 - Misuse of Trade Secrets.

This podcast considers how the criminal law treats individuals who have infringed copyright material. It gives the listener an overview of the scope of copyright within intellectual property as a whole, and distinguishes different ways of breaching copyright. Further, it considers the statutory framework which governs this topic, and discusses the various criminal penalties which may attach to breaches of copyright.

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-07-25

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