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19. What is meant by a "multimedia work"? Is there anything special about the copyright in such a work?

A multimedia work is a work in electronic form comprising of textual, audio and visual data, and which interacts with the user. Works found on websites these days are usually multimedia works. A multimedia work is a combination of different categories of works, most commonly, literary works, artistic works, musical works, sound recordings and films (examples of these works can be obtained from the previous page) .


Each copyright work embedded in a multimedia work is protected on its own under the Copyright Ordinance. As such, any act committed on a multimedia work without permission may infringe the copyright in many (or even all) of the works contained in the multimedia work, e.g. copying a multimedia work entails copying all of the underlying works, thus infringing the copyright in every copyright work contained in the multimedia work.

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