Orphan Works consultation

LACA's response to a consultation on implementing a domestic orphan works licensing scheme and the EU Directive on certain permitted uses of orphan works. (February 2014) Background Orphan works are copyright works for which one or more of the copyright owners cannot be found. At present, if the work is an orphan then it cannot …

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Technical consultation on draft secondary legislation for ECL schemes

LACA's response to a technical consultation on draft secondary legislation for extended collective licensing (ECL) schemes. (January 2014) Background ECL is a type of licensing that allows an authorised collecting society to extend an existing collective licence so that it can license on behalf of all rights holders in the sector, except those who opt …

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The Copyright (Regulation of relevant licensing bodies) Regulations 2014

The Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance's response to the consultation on the legal effectiveness of The Copyright (Regulation of relevant licensing bodies) Regulations 2014. (October 2013) Background The Government's policy intention is to strengthen confidence in the operation of collecting societies.  It took a power in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act that requires collecting societies …

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Copyright in Europe

The Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance's response to a consultation on the European copyright framework and areas relating to copyright that have been highlighted by the European Commission for further action. (October 2013) Background The emphasis on completing the Digital Single Market to help deliver growth in Europe has intensified the debate on copyright in …

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Technical review of draft legislation on copyright exceptions

LACA's review of the detail of the draft legislation implementing changes to copyright exceptions. (August 2013) Background In 2012 the Government consulted on making changes to copyright exceptions so that the UK's copyright framework remains relevant to the digital world. In "Modernising Copyright", the Government's response to the consultation, it committed to giving everyone an …

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Draft Ofcom Initial Obligations Code

The Draft Ofcom Initial Obligations Code consultation and the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance's briefing on the Code and its implications for libraries. (July 2012) Background In June 2012 Ofcom published a revised Initial Obligations Code for consultation. The Code is intended to set out how the Digital Economy Act will work in practice, by …

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Consultation on copyright

The Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance's response to the Intellectual Property Office's consultation on amendments to UK copyright law. (March 2012) Background In December 2011 the Government launched a consultation seeking views on its proposals for implementing a number of the recommendations relating to copyright that had been accepted in its response to the Hargreaves …

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Digital Copyright Exchange feasibility study

The Libraries and Archive Copyright Alliance's response to the Digital Copyright Exchange Feasibility Study. (February 2012) Background In November 2011 Richard Hooper  was appointed to lead a feasibility study on developing a Digital Copyright Exchange (DCE) in the UK. The aim of a DCE is to streamline the licensing process for low- to-medium-value usage of …

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Hargreaves’ Review of Intellectual Property and Growth

The Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance's responses to the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, an independent review of the UK’s copyright framework. (March 2011) Background The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth was an independent review of the UK’s copyright framework, chaired by Professor Ian Hargreaves.  It was commissioned in November 2010 …

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