Act of Congress Intellectual Property Protections Act

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Protect Intellectual Property

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:​

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Intellectual Property Protections Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted upon presidential assent.

2 - Automatic Copyright
(1) Automatic copyright shall exist for published and unpublished material provided there is tangible proof of when an individual/entity created the “expression” or material, and that it is an individual's creation for a period of 6 months.
(a) Copyright applies to, but is not limited to:
- Original literature and artistic work, including illustration and photography
- Original non-literary written work, such as software and online content

3 - Trademark
(1) Automatic trademark shall exist for recognisable signs, designs, or expressions which identify companies, products, or services.

3 - Breach of Copyright
(1) An individual/entity is guilty of Breaching Copyright when they engage in one or more of the following:
- copying an individual's work
- distribute copies of work, whether free of charge or for sale
- rent or lend copies of an individual's work
- perform, show or play an individual's work in public
- make an adaptation of an individual's work
- put an individual's work on the internet
- reproduce an individual's work
(2) The punishment for breach of copyright shall be the return of all revenue generated from use of the material to the original owner + reasonable compensation as decided by the courts

3 - Breach of Trademark
(1) An individual/entity is guilty of Breaching Trademark when they engage in one or more of the following:
- Producing or replicating recognisable signs, designs, or expressions which identify a company, product, or service.
- Impersonating or using recognisable signs, designs, or expressions which identify a company, product, or service.
(2) The punishment for breach of trademark shall be the return of all revenue generated from use of the material to the original owner + reasonable compensation as decided by the courts.

4 - Breach of Intellectual Property Actions
A Cease and Desist letter must be sent to the alleged perpetrator prior to legal action, with reasonable time for reply.

5 - Fair use
(1) Copyright and Trademark material can be used for the purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, and teaching. The following factors will be considered to determine fair use:
- the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
- the nature of the copyrighted work;
- the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
- the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

6 - Freedom of Panarama
(1) The copyright in a work that is situated, otherwise than temporarily, in a public place, or in premises open to the public, is not infringed by inclusion in artistic works.
 
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This bill has received presidential assent and is hereby signed into law.​
 
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