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Thursday, 8 May 2014

BREAKING: IP Minister confirms that private copying and parody exceptions are still on track for adoption (but later than 1 June)

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Via a most distinguished Katfriend comes the news that IP Minister Lord Younger has just released the following statement:

"The government welcomes the fact that the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has concluded its consideration of three of the five copyright exceptions statutory instruments (SIs).
The Public Administration, Disability, and Research, Education, Libraries & Archives SIs will all be discussed in Parliament next week and subject to parliamentary approval will come into force on 1 June 2014.
The Committee has some questions about the private copying and parody exceptions [here and here] that they would like to discuss with us. It is not unusual for the Committee to want to spend more time considering SIs, but it will have implications for the timetable given where we are in the parliamentary cycle. It is likely to mean these two SIs are implemented later than 1 June 2014.
While this delay is disappointing for both the government and many of our stakeholders, the government remains firmly committed to implementing each of these important exceptions to copyright law as soon as possible."

1 comment:

John Halton said...

"it will have implications for the timetable given where we are in the parliamentary cycle"

That reads to me like "may struggle to get this done before the election".

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