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UK government consults on EC copyright proposals

October 28, 2016

By Colin Mann

The UK’s Intellectual Property Office is calling for views on the European Commission’s draft legislation to modernise the European copyright framework.

On 14 September 2016, the European Commission published draft legislation aimed at modernising the European copyright framework. This legislation includes:

  • a draft Regulation on the exercise of copyright and related rights in certain online transmissions by broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes
  • a draft copyright Directive covering a range of measures aimed at
    (i) adapting exceptions and limitations to the digital and cross-border environment
    (ii) ensuring wider access to copyright content
    (iii) achieving a well-functioning marketplace for copyright

The Government is seeking views on the draft legislation to ensure that it delivers the best outcomes for all those affected by the measures. “We would welcome your views on the costs and benefits of these proposals, and suggestions for how the language of the proposed legislation can be improved. We would also welcome views on the possible impacts the legislation may have in light of the UK’s planned exit from the European Union,” says the IPO.

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