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528 PDFTitle:COPYRIGHT ORDINANCEGazette Number:
Section:182Heading:Government copyrightVersion Date:30/06/1997


Government and Legislative Council copyright

(1) Where a work is made by an officer of the Government in the course of his duties-
        (a) the work qualifies for copyright protection notwithstanding section 177 (ordinary requirement as to qualification for copyright protection); and
        (b) the Government is the first owner of any copyright in the work.
(2) Copyright in such a work is referred to in this Part as "Government copyright", notwithstanding that it may be, or have been, assigned to another person.
(3) Government copyright in a work continues to subsist-
        (a) until the end of the period of 125 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made; or
        (b) if the work is published commercially before the end of the period of 75 years from the end of the calendar year in which it was made, until the end of the period of 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which it was first so published.
(4) In the case of a work of joint authorship where one or more but not all of the authors are persons falling within subsection (1), this section applies only in relation to those authors and the copyright subsisting by virtue of their contribution to the work.
(5) Except as mentioned above, and subject to any express exclusion elsewhere in this Part, the provisions of this Part apply in relation to Government copyright as to other copyright.
(6) This section does not apply to a work if, or to the extent that, Legislative Council copyright subsists in the work (see sections 184 and 185).
[cf. 1988 c. 48 s. 163 U.K.]