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Private copying and parody copyright exceptions removed from consideration [Updated]

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Looks like we’ll be keeping those CDs for a little bit longer….. (Image from Wikipedia. User: Hellisp)

Labour MP Iain Wright tweeted yesterday afternoon that the exceptions for Personal Copies for Private Use and Quotation and Parody were “pulled from consideration” by the Government after the House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee.

The proposed changes that appear to have been removed would have allowed copies to be made of purchased music, films and books for personal use, such as backups and format conversion, without infringing copyright. Further provisions would have enabled use of copyright material in caricature, parody and pastiche in the same way as currently given for the purposes of criticism, review and news reporting.

It is currently unclear why these provisions have been pulled.

IPcopy will continue to monitor this developing story.

[Update 2: Intellectual Property Minister Lord Younger has issued a statement on the exceptions to copyright regulations – here.

Update: Just to muddy the waters a little, the House of Lords business for 14th May (see here) shows that the parody and private copying exceptions are still on the agenda. There is also a meeting of the Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee in Parliament on Monday (see here) which supposedly will only discuss the three remaining exceptions. So it seems that there’s some confusion!

A transcript of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has also appeared and can be found hereipcopymark]

Laurence Lai 8 May 2014

The proposed exceptions to copyright were discussed in an earlier IPcopy post.

A recording of the committee meeting can be found here (requires Silverlight)

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