Assessment of legal regime in the effective protection of copyright in Uganda

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Kampala International University,School of Law
The above research was carried out on a cross-section of the East Africa region but emphasis on Uganda with an intention of examining the prevalence, causes, effect and factors impeding the effective protection of Copyrights. The research attempts to trace the genesis of copyright and its progress to date, showing the shifts of circumstances that have occurred overtime making Copyright more multifaceted and mystifying to the layman. The research discusses, the sources of copyrights, giving them as the central cause of effective protection in East Africa. The research gives a critical analysis to the Copyright laws in Uganda. The Copyrights Act 2006, The 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, The Access to Information Act of 2005, Copyright and Neighboring Rights Regulations of 2010. The research will scrutinized the noble principle of client-advocate privilege in relation to 2opyright law, given the allegation that this privilege hinders the effective protection of copyright. This having been argued as the most contentious element of the law on copyright in many jurisdictions, it is likely to prove its controversial nature, thus triggering further research m the same. during the research process, different methods of data collection were are applied which included; questionnaires whereby information was gotten through structured questions ;containing both open and closed ended questions, interviews with professionals, observations which included fact finding missions whereby the researcher would observe the factors in the actual sense by interacting with the respondents, library research which involved comparisons if literature that was previously researched on a relevant field both in local and international eve!. Basing on the research findings, it can be concluded that the effective protection of copyright in Uganda calls for implementation of the laws present and enactment of others which are not yet vi effective. Preventive measures need to be taken especially to counter the sources of piracy that form the subject of protection of Copyright
A dissertation submitted to the School of Law in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Law of Kampala International University
legal regime, copyright, Uganda