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…

Click on the link below to read the rest of the Taylor Wessing briefing.

Briefings from Taylor Wessing

View more briefings from Taylor Wessing

Analysis from The Lawyer

  • merger deal

    Corporate crunch time: who will triumph at The Lawyer Awards 2014?

    As the equity capital markets rocketed back into favour and global M&A saw at least a partial return to form, there have been some rich pickings for The Lawyer’s Corporate Team of the Year award shortlisted firms in 2014. 

  • singapore orchid

    Singapore: Cash course

    The city-state is working hard to become a global wealth management hub, and law firms are gearing up for a prosperous new world

View more analysis from The Lawyer


5 New Street Square

Turnover (£m): 241.20
No. of lawyers: 860 (UK 200)
Jurisdiction: UK
No. of offices: 4
No. of qualified lawyers: 67 (International 50)