Friday, 11 December 2009

Gowers copyright exceptions - IPO consult on draft legislation

The UK Intellectual Property Office want to go ahead with draft legislation (draft SI The Copyright (Permitted Acts) (Amendment) Regulations 2010) following the 2006 Gowers report recommendations on adding or expanding copyright exceptions to improve access to and use of copyright works. They seek views by 31 March 2010.

The consultation paper is 100 pages long so I haven't had a chance to read it fully yet and am just flagging its release, but, from a quick skim, unfortunately some key exceptions that would have improved the situation for UK users of copyright works are not going to happen:

  1. Format shifting e.g. ripping your paid-for CDs to MP3 - nothing, let's leave it to the EU.
  2. Parody, caricature, pastiche - no new exception.
  3. DRMs - no change.

But there's a bit of easing up for research & private study, and copying by educational establishments or by librarians, archivists or curators.

See further the IPO's Gowers timetable.

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