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Copyright Act 1956

The Copyright Act 1956 came into force on 1 June 1957. It took into account further amendments to the Berne Convention and the United Kingdom's accession to the Universal Copyright Convention, administered by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Other amendments included new technological advances, for example, films and broadcasts, which were protected in their own right for the first time by copyright. The Performing Right Tribunal, the predecessor of the current Copyright Tribunal was also established.

Several amendments were made to the 1956 Act prior to the introduction of the current legislation Part 1 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, which came into force on 1 August 1989.