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Copyright, Designs and Patent Act

The Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1988 was designed to protect the copyright of individuals and groups. The act protects the ownership of computer software in a similar way that copyright works with printed material. This act protects the software developer's rights and lasts for fifty years after the writer's death.

Surveys have shown that possibly up to 29% of UK companies may be using illegal software and 50% of small businesses.

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