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As of January 2013, SLAINTE will no longer be updated and this website will be an archive of joint SLIC and CILIPS initiatives. For current information about the individual organisations, please go directly to the SLIC and CILIPS websites.

Intellectual Property Rights and copyright> Introduction

As information professionals it has always been necessary to have a grasp of the law relating to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and more specifically copyright. Due to the advancement of technology it is now easier than ever both to make works publicly available and to copy, disseminate or re-use these works. This makes it all the more important to have an understanding of how copyright is applied to works, whether in print or electronic format.

The following web pages give a basic overview of IPR and copyright, focusing on the information professionals' perspective.

Please note: This information on IPR and copyright provides guidance only. It should not be seen as legal advice. If you have any queries or doubts, you should consult a lawyer.

We would like to thank Professor Charles Oppenheim of Loughborough University for checking the content of these Web pages, but no responsibility can be taken for the accuracy of the information found in these pages.

Please check our SLAINTE news page for up-to-date news on IPR and copyright issues.

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