The Publishers’ Association (PA) has reported that publishers have enjoyed a 188% rise in the value of sales of fiction publications in the form of electronic books (e-books), audio downloads and online subscriptions between January and June this year compared with the same period in 2011.
The head of the industry body said that the UK’s copyright regime had encouraged investment in publishing across all forms.
Late last year the Government outlined its plans to reform UK copyright laws to implement recommendations made by university professor Ian Hargreaves in his review of the UK’s intellectual property (IP) framework.
The Government has proposed allowing limited private copying, introducing an exemption for parody and pastiche and widening exceptions for library archivists and non-commercial researchers.
In addition the Government has outlined plans to make it easier for so-called ‘orphan’ works – copyrighted material whose owner is unknown or cannot be identified – to be utilised by others, whilst it has also detailed planned changes to the copyright licensing regime.
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