Complete 16 page APA formatted essay: Intellectual Property Law.
In the case of databases, it hinders an intruder from gaining access. The restrictions on the making and sale of such circumvention devices control the capability of persons to access any work which is safeguarded by technological strategies (Davinson, 2003. P. 32).
A copyright is a sole privilege that permits its holder to remake, publish or trade a genuine work of authorship. It prohibits the duplication, without permission, of work that is available in the form of some material medium. Copyrights are inapplicable to concepts, procedures or systems. They are generally observed in the fields of artistic works, written works, recordings and images (Masons, 2005).
The Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) was enacted in the UK in order to protect copyrights. The requirement under this act is that the work should be original in order to be protected against infringement. The Act does not make it mandatory that the work should be creative. however, there must be some endeavour by the copyright seeker to make it unique and not an imitation of an already existing work. This Act states that the first person to obtain a copyright is deemed to be the creator of that work (Masons, 2005).
Nevertheless, this provision does not apply to an employee who creates a work during the course of employment. In such cases, the employer automatically becomes the initial owner of a copyright. Under circumstances that render a contractor the initial copyright owner of some work, there could exist such contractual terms that would bring about the transfer of ownership to the principal. Copyright law protects literary works for a period of seventy years subsequent to the demise of its author (Masons, 2005).
Copyright owners can initiate legal action if their work had been copied without their consent, performed on the stage, exhibited in public, distributed to the public or if the contents of the work had been altered. .  .