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Tuesday, 8th April 2014

UK: Changes to Copyright Law and Guidance

Source: Intellectual Property Office (UK)

The government is making a series of small but important changes to copyright law to make it better suited for the digital age. These changes will affect how you can use content like books, music, films and photographs. They will also introduce greater freedoms in copyright law to allow third parties to use copyright works for a variety of economically and/or socially valuable purposes without the need to seek permission from copyright owners. Protections for the interests of copyright owners and creators are built in to the proposed changes.

The government is committed to achieving strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is shared across the country and between industries. These changes are the result of extensive consultation with all interested parties. They will come into force on 1 June 2014.

Draft Statutory Instruments: Copyright and Rights in Performances Regulations 2014:

+ Personal Copies for Private Use (PDF; 59 KB)

+ Quotation and Parody (PDF; 42 KB)

+ Disability (PDF; 80 KB)

+ Research, Education, Libraries and Archives (PDF; 126 KB)

+ Public Administration (PDF; 38 KB)

+ Explanatory Memorandum (PDF; 98 KB)

+ Exceptions to copyright: An Overview (PDF; 278 KB)

+ Guidance on changes to copyright law: links from this page


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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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