Copyright Act 1956

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Copyright Act, 1956[1]
Long titleAn Act to make new provision in respect of copyright and related matters, in substitution for the provisions of the Copyright Act, 1911, and other enactments relating thereto; to amend the Registered Designs Act, 1949, with respect to designs related to artistic works in which copyright subsists, and to amend the Dramatic and Musical Performers' Protection Act, 1925; and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.
Citation4 & 5 Eliz. 2 c. 74
Royal assent5 November 1956
Commencement5 November 1956
Text of statute as originally enacted

The Copyright Act 1956 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which received its royal assent on 5 November 1956. The Copyright Act 1956 expanded copyright law in the UK and was passed in order to bring copyright law of the United Kingdom in line with international copyright law and technological developments.[2]


  1. ^ Short title as conferred by s. 51 of the Act; the modern convention for the citation of short titles omits the comma after the word "Act"
  2. ^ Coyle, Michael (23 April 2002). "The History of Copyright". Lawdit. Retrieved 6 March 2010.

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