Response to BIS Committee for the Hargreaves Review

Response to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Inquiry into the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property. (August 2011) The Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance's submission to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Inquiry into the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property contains comments on the recommendations made by the review. It covers: using evidence to drive …

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Evidence for policy and advocacy

Evidence of the extent of the problem of text based works affected by the 2039 provisions Following a survey undertaken by LACA in June 2016, it is now possible to quantify the extent of the problem of text based works affected by the 2039 provisions for the cultural heritage and educational sectors.  This briefing sets …

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The right to read should mean the right to mine for the sake of UK prosperity

LACA is urging the UK Government to fully and clearly legitimise the principle that the right to read should mean the right to mine in UK; this is essential to maintain the UK’s competitive edge and keep it at the forefront of global research, and to further develop the UK economy. This principle was already …

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CILIP and SCL’s joint letter about MPLC

It has been brought to our attention that the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) has been approaching public libraries claiming that they must subscribe to its individual or umbrella licences for the purpose of ensuring the requirements of copyright legislation are met in relation to the “public performance” of films. After consulting with the Libraries …

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One purchaser, one user

An issue has recently been brought to LACA’s attention regarding printed publications that additionally provide access to web-based / electronic content. This occurs in various forms, including: books including “once-only” access codes which require the user to then set up a unique username/password in order to access the web-based content;books or music scores including a …

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LACA statement on the EU referendum result

Statement on championing fair and balanced copyright following the EU Referendum by Naomi Korn, (former) Chair of LACA - Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance. Following Britain’s decision to leave the EU, right now in terms of copyright, it is unclear about what this will mean for us, our member organisations and UK users of copyright …

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2014 changes to UK copyright law

Read about the 2014 copyright law reforms and what they mean in practice. CILIP and LACA have strongly supported the Government’s reform to copyright laws and we are delighted that the majority of these became law on 1 June 2014.  These are: The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014 The Copyright and Rights …

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European Commission public consultation on the database directive

The Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA) has responded to the European Commission public consultation on the database directive. LACA has submitted that the directive has not had any significant impact on the EU’s database industry. The directive has, however, added unneeded complexity, in particular for information users. Citing academic research, experience, and the Commission’s …

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Consultation on changes to penalties for online copyright infringement

A consultation on harmonising the maximum custodial sentence for online and offline copyright infringement of equal seriousness. (August 2015) In its response, LACA explains why it believes that the maximum custodial sentence for online and offline copyright infringement of equal seriousness should not be harmonised at 10 years and that the sentence for online copyright infringement should …

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