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Changes to copyright law and guidance

Changes to copyright law

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.

Update: June 2014 External Link (published on GOV.UK)

Guidance on changes to copyright law

These important changes affect a range of different groups in different ways. We have produced consumer guidance External Link on the changes and how they might have an impact on you. The guidance also answers some of the key questions stakeholders asked during the technical review stage.

Government response to the technical review

As part of its extensive engagement and consultation in developing these changes to copyright law, the government published an early draft of the regulations for 'technical review'. The purpose of this step was to enable interested parties to review the draft legislation and to provide comments as to whether the text achieved the policy objectives set out in Government's Modernising Copyright.

The government has now published its response to the technical review PDF document(273Kb). This document summarises the key technical points raised by respondents and notes where amendments have been made to the draft regulations.

Impact assessments

These impact assessments are republished alongside the regulations to which they refer. No new evidence has been provided that has led the government to alter the overall numerical assessment of the costs and benefits contained within the IAs. However, since the IAs were originally published the government has become aware of some additional narrative evidence for the text and data mining exception and the private copying exception that is of relevance to arguments discussed in those IAs and hence the narrative sections in those documents have been updated.