Copyright Act, 1963


Copyright in Original Works.

Nature of copyright.

7.—(1) In this Act, except where the context otherwise requires, “copyright” in relation to a work of any description means the exclusive right, by virtue and subject to the provisions of this Act, to do, and to authorise other persons to do, certain acts in the State in relation to that work which, in the relevant provision of this Act, are designated as the acts restricted by the copyright in a work of that description.

(2) In the preceding subsection of this section “the relevant provision of this Act” means, in relation to a work of any description, any provision of this Act which provides that, subject to compliance with the conditions specified in that provision, copyright shall subsist in works of that description.

(3) Copyright in a work is infringed by any person who, not being the owner of the copyright, and without the licence of the owner thereof, does, or authorises another person to do, in the State any of the acts referred to in subsection (1) of this section.

(4) The preceding subsections of this section shall apply, in relation to any subject-matter (other than a work) of a description to which any provision of Part III of this Act relates as they apply in relation to a work.

(5) For the purposes of any provision of this Act which specifies the conditions under which copyright may subsist in any description of work or other subject-matter “qualified, person”—

(a) in the case of an individual, means a person who is an Irish citizen or is domiciled or resident within the State, and

(b) in the case of a body corporate, means a body incorporated under the laws of the State.