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. They will come into force on 1 June 2014.
Draft Statutory Instruments and supporting Explanatory Memorandum
The changes to the copyright exceptions are brought in by secondary legislation in the form of five statutory instruments that amend relevant sections of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
- The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014
- The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Quotation and Parody) Regulations 2014
- The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014
- The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Research, Education, Libraries and Archives) Regulations 2014
- The Copyright (Public Administration) Regulations 2014
The Explanatory Memorandum accompanying the statutory instruments provides legislative context and policy background to a help a general reader to understand how and why the instrument is intended to operate.
Illustrative draft of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act
To assist Parliament, the Intellectual Property Office has deposited an illustrative draft of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (2.94Mb) in the libraries of the Houses of Parliament. This draft incorporates the proposed legislative changes, but is not a formal consolidation of the Act, and as such has no legal authority. However, we know from feedback from Parliamentarians and businesses that this type of mark up of the legislation is found to be very useful in helping them to see how the changes will sit within the existing legislation.
Guidance on changes to copyright law
These important changes affect a range of different groups in different ways. We have produced consumer guidance 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. The document "Guidance - Overview (271Kb)" gives a brief explanation of all of the changes and indicates which leaflet to read for more information on a particular change.
- Guidance - Consumers (253Kb)
- Guidance - Creators and copyright owners (346Kb)
- Guidance - Accessible formats for disabled people (255Kb)
- Guidance - Education and Teaching (277Kb)
- Guidance - Research (287Kb)
- Guidance - Copyright material held by public bodies (276Kb)
- Guidance - Libraries, museums and archives (297Kb)
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 (273Kb). This document summarises the key technical points raised by respondents and notes where amendments have been made to the draft regulations.
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.
- IA No: BIS0306 (220Kb) - Copyright Exception for archiving and preservation
- IA No: BIS0312 (220Kb) - Exception for copying of works for use by text and data analytics
- IA No: BIS0308 (310Kb) - Copyright Exceptions for disabled people
- IA No: BIS1055 (501Kb) - Copyright Exception for Private Copying
- IA No: BIS0311 (236Kb) - Extend Exception for copying for research and private study
- IA No: BIS1057 (315Kb) - Copyright Exception For Parody
- IA No: BIS0309 (163Kb) - Use of works for public administration and reporting
- IA No: BIS0312 (359Kb) - Extending Copyright Exceptions for Educational Use
- IA No. BIS0310 (176Kb) - Exception for use of quotations or extracts of copyright works
- Digital Opportunity: A review of Intellectual Property and Growth (pdf 1.38Mb)
- The Government Response to the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth (pdf 402Kb)
- Summary of responses - Proposals to change the UK's copyright system (pdf 440Kb)
- Government response: Technical Review of Draft Legislation on Copyright Exceptions (pdf 273Kb)