European Union
Copyright and Related Rights
3. Please describe the protection accorded to authors of computer programs, databases or compilations of data.
Literary works includes computer programs and compilations (which would include data – see definition of compilation) as defined in section 1 of the Copyright Act 1999. Although Part IV gives provisions for exemptions to copyright work, for instance, research on private study does not apply to literary work that is a computer program. This means that rights of the owners of literary work in relation to computer programs have strict exclusive rights to their work.