I will consider the following: the current legal framework relating to copyright and its purpose, the impact of internet and computer technology on copyright, and the proposed effect of the new Directive.
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The use of the internet and computer technology poses many new challenges to the present legal framework in the UK relating to copyright, particularly the CDPA 1988.
modern era presents an opportunity for the CDPA 1988, and the work it seeks to protect, to thrive; it might ask: why should those it protects be the only category not to be able to benefit from this promising new channel?
others like Laurence Kaye in his article ‘Can Copyright Adapt to the Digital Age?’, might argue that copyright in the United Kingdom is turning into an anachronism which is portrayed as ‘a negative force, a hindrance to the economy and as a drag on growth’.
The former argument focuses on the idea that copyright in the United Kingdom can cope with the issues by the use of the internet and computer technology and use them advantageously; whilst the latter argument – which I find more convincing – is concerned with the idea that the present legal framework relating to copyright cannot cope with the issues raised.
This writing will critically assess the opposing arguments – but maintain a particular focus on the inadequacy of the framework – in response to the question of whether the CDPA 1988 is effective in addressing issues raised in relation to copyright by the use of the internet and computer technology.