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Copyright

The protection given to literary works (including books and articles, and also databases and computer programs) which are recorded in writing. Electronic works may be recorded in analogue or digital form. Databases are protected by copyright where the selection and arrangement of the contents of the database are the author’s own intellectual creation. Other aspects of a database may be protected by database right.

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Missing some important points, especially regarding data.

Yes, but what does copyright stop you from doing?... It gives the author the sole right to copying or performing the work.

What is the purpose of it? To allow authors to profit from the work, be attributed and control integrity (e.g. derivatives).

A key exception to copyright is: facts. e.g. The town hall's phone number is 0123456789. However if multiple facts are arranged into 'data' (e.g. a phone directory) then in the UK that data gets protection from Database Rights.

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