E-lending preliminary ruling in CJEU

Response to four questions that have been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling. (June 2015) LACA and CILIP submitted a joint response to four questions about e-lending that have been referred for a preliminary ruling in an important case before the Court of Justice of the European …

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Collective rights management in the digital single market

Consultation on the implementation of the EU Directive on the collective management of copyright in the internal market. (March 2015) A response to the consultation on the implementation of the EU Directive on the collective management of copyright and multi-territorial licensing of online music rights in the internal market.   This is a joint response from the Libraries and …

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Reducing the duration of copyright in unpublished (“2039”) works

Consultation about reducing the copyright term in certain unpublished text based works, engravings and anonymous artistic works (except photographs) from the end of 2039 to lifetime plus 70 years. (Dec 2014) At the moment the duration of copyright in certain unpublished works is to the end of 2039, regardless of how old the work is.  …

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Extension of Public Lending Right to e-books and audiobooks

The Government consulted on extending the Public lending Right (PLR) to audiobooks and e-books lent out from library premises. (March 2014) Whilst the proposal is welcome it is limited as, in the case of e-books, only those lent from library premises will be counted. The vast majority of e-books are lent remotely by public libraries and …

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Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules

LACA's response to a public consultation on the review of EU copyright rules. (March 2014) Background The consultation spans 80 questions and covers a broad spectrum of copyright law, looking at areas where copyright inhibits cross-border provision and the functioning of the (Digital) Single Market. LACA's response calls for: the imbalance in the way the …

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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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