UK copyright changes
The Government state that the current copyright legislation appears to hinder the reasonable use of copyright protected works and is outdated in the digital age. The Government therefore intends to change the current system to allow certain ‘permitted acts’ in respect of copyright protected works.
In its response, the Government state that the current copyright legislation appears to hinder the reasonable use of copyright protected works and is outdated in the digital age. The Government therefore intends to change the current system to allow certain ‘permitted acts’ in respect of copyright protected works.
Few people are aware that under the current system it is illegal to download a legally-purchased CD onto a laptop, smartphone or MP3 player. These acts of format shifting will now be allowed under the UK’s first private copying defence. Consumers will be permitted to copy content they have purchased onto any medium or device that they own, as long as it is strictly for their own personal use (such as transferring their music collection from CD to iPod). The defence will not extend to sharing copies with others but will allow consumers to copy material to and from private online cloud storage. Cloud services which provide functionality other than storage (such as music streaming) will not be able to benefit from the private copying defence and will continue to require relevant licences from rights holders…
If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the rest of the Goodman Derrick briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.
Click on the link above to download briefing.
Sign in or Register to continue reading this article
It's quick, easy and free!
It takes just 5 minutes to register. Answer a few simple questions and once completed you’ll have instant access.Register now
Why register to The Lawyer
In-depth, expert analysis into the stories behind the headlines from our leading team of journalists.
Identify the major players and business opportunities within a particular region through our series of free, special reports.
Receive your pick of The Lawyer's daily and weekly email newsletters, tailored by practice area, region and job function.
More relevant to you
To continue providing the best analysis, insight and news across the legal market we are collecting some information about who you are, what you do and where you work to improve The Lawyer and make it more relevant to you.
News from Goodman Derrick
Briefings from Goodman Derrick
You are looking to sell your shares in a company, but is it possible that the confidentiality provisions in your shareholders’ agreement will prevent you from doing so?
This article considers the form that mansion tax is likely to take and reviews the future issues a government would face in implementing such a tax.
Analysis from The Lawyer
Active financial management is vital, but with firms looking more closely at the process of debt and fee collection, the personal touch still counts
The lure of the law can kick in at any stage of life. We speak to four individuals who have made a radical switch to a legal career