New copyright exceptions published

The government has published the hotly anticipated new exceptions to copyright, which cover personal copies for private use, parody, quotation and research.

What’s the issue?
Almost three years ago, Prof Hargreaves published his comprehensive review of the UK’s intellectual property (IP) system. One of the review’s recommendations was that all exceptions to copyright available under EU law should be exploited. In addition, it suggested that the law should be clarified so that no exception to copyright could be overridden by contract.

What’s the development?
After many months of anticipation, the UK government has announced the finalised wording of its proposed reform of UK copyright exceptions. The new exceptions are the most direct outcome of the Hargreaves Review to date. They will now go before parliament, with an expected commencement date of 1 June 2014…

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