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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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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