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Copyright reform


June first saw a shake up in copyright law in the UK. The aim is to reflect the requirements of the digital age (you might think about time too).


June first saw a shake up in copyright law in the UK. The aim is to reflect the requirements of the digital age (you might think about time too). 

* disabled people and disability groups can now make accessible copies of copyright material (eg music, film, books) when no commercial alternative exists

* researchers will benefit from the introduction of the new text and data mining exception for non-commercial research, as well as the reforms to existing exceptions that will enable limited copying of all types of copyright works for non-commercial research and private study

* schools, colleges and universities can now use copyright material on interactive whiteboards and in presentations, and as long as they have a licence, they will not need to worry about accidentally infringing copyright

* libraries, archives and museums will now be better able to protect our cultural heritage and preserve their collections. The existing preservation exception has been expanded to cover all types of copyright work, and now applies to museums and galleries as well as libraries and archives. Removing the barriers to preservation will save cultural institutions up to £26 million per year

* public bodies can now publish online the material they hold for public inspection, reducing costs and administrative burden of having to issues paper copies or requiring people to come to their offices.

 

The official press release is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-exceptions-to-copyright-reflect-digital-age


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