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Delay to introduction of private copying and parody exceptions to copyright infringement
29 May 2014

The government has “withdrawn” two of the five proposed new copyright exceptions.

The IPO has stated that it remains committed to implementing the personal copying and parody exceptions to copyright law as soon as possible.

Intellectual Property Minister Lord Younger has issued a statement on the exceptions to copyright regulations:

“The Committee has some questions about the private copying and parody exceptions that they would like to discuss with us. It is not unusual for the Committee to want to spend more time considering Statutory Instruments, but it will have implications for the timetable given where we are in the parliamentary cycle. It is likely to mean these two Statutory Instruments are implemented later than 1 June 2014.

While this delay is disappointing for both the government and many of our stakeholders, the government remains firmly committed to implementing each of these important exceptions to copyright law as soon as possible.”

Whilst these exceptions are delayed, there are exceptions to copyright infringment that have come into force on 2 June 2014 including the removal of barriers to Text and Data Mining for non-commercial research. 

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