Laws and Regulations under TRIPS Art. 63.2 - View details of the document

United Kingdom
Copyright, etc and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Act 2002
The Act amends provisions in copyright law in respect of criminal offences, search warrants, powers of seizure and order for forfeiture. It also amends the Trade Marks Act 1994 with regard to search warrants and powers of seizure. The Act also implements the Copyright in the Information Society Directive 2001/21/EC. The Act amends the criminal provisions in intellectual property law, relating to copyright, rights in performances, fraudulent reception of conditional access transmissions by use of unauthorised decoders and trade marks. The Act brings about some rationalisation of these criminal provisions by removing some of the differences. The three areas in which rationalisation is provided are maximum penalties for certain offences in intellectual property law, police search and seizure powers relating to offences and court orders on forfeiture of illegal material that may have been seized during investigation of offences. The Act does not make any changes to the scope of criminal offences in intellectual property law so that the type of behaviour that can give rise to an offence remains the same.
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