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COPYRIGHT AMENDMENT ACT 1980 No. 154 of 1980 - SECT 4
4. After section 8 of the Principal Act the following section is inserted:
Prerogative rights of the Crown in the nature of copyright
"8A. (1) Subject to sub-section (2), this Act does not affect any prerogative
right or privilege of the Crown.
"(2) Where a right or privilege of the Crown by way of copyright subsists in a
work or published edition of a work, a person does not infringe that right or
privilege by doing, or authorizing the doing of, an act in relation to the
work or edition without the licence of the Crown if, assuming that that right
or privilege of the Crown did not subsist in the work or edition, but
copyright subsisted under this Act in the work or edition and was owned by a
person other than the Crown, he would not infringe the copyright of that owner
in the work or edition by doing, or by authorizing the doing of, that act
without the licence of the owner.
"(3) Nothing in sub-section (2) shall be taken to limit the duration of the
right or privilege of the Crown by way of copyright in a work or published
edition of a work.".
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