Copyright Act 1956

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]

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
Territorial extent
Royal assent5 November 1956
Commencement5 November 1956
Other legislation
Repealed byCopyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Copyright Act 1956 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from

The entire act was repealed by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

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  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. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2010.

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