The Statute of Anne and Copyright Law Essay

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Prior to the enactment of the Statute of Anne in 1710, the idea of copyright law, remained in the private law context, was in hands of profit-making stationers' company who only served to uphold their own interests in printing the materials. The Statute of Anne deeply affected the American law of copyright (Patterson, 1965) marking the beginning of copyright in a public context. Although the Statute itself had handful of loopholes like it only governed the printing of books and did not stipulate any means to identify the author, it was still often referred as the most authoritative legislation document because of its groundbreaking, historical impact on its protection to the natural and property rights of authors. In my essay, the …show more content…
For example, visual work like literature, drama and other arts, music and videos are all protected in this legislation. Referring to Section 177 and 178 of the Ordinance, the barrier set to limit the existence of a copyright is very low, only requiring the creative product to be conducted or written by a person who owned a right of abode in any places, and it is published or broadcasted in Hong Kong. The extension of copyright protection to many works demonstrated a respect to the intellectual outcome of the authors and producers as they could enjoy the fruits of their products without the worries of being infringed by others. With the successful enactment of the Ordinance, the protection generally promotes creativity rather than hindering it as the terms of protection is sufficiently wide and hard handed to deter the infringers of the copyright. Regarding the different forms of infringement, it is concisely grouped into two categories, namely primary and secondary, which basically included all types of possible infringements and its related activities. For primary infringement, it means the copying of the original work, performing, showing and renting the work publicly, and making adaptations to the products. While secondary infringements means the action facilitating the effective copying of the work, for instance lending the places to perform or display the counterfeit products, they also include possessing and selling these infringing copies.

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