January 25, 2022

UK Government Pledges Copyright Reform, Reactions From the Library and Publishing Communities

From Ars Technica:

The British government today pledged (PDF) to enact significant changes to copyright law, including orphan works reforms and the introduction of new copyright exceptions. And the tone of the comments was surprising: the government agrees that “copyright currently over-regulates to the detriment of the UK.” CD (and perhaps DVD) ripping for personal use should become legal at last—and the government is even keen to see that the consumer rights granted by law can’t simply be taken away by contract (such as a “EULA” sticker on a CD demanding that a disk not be ripped).

The pledge comes after the release of an independent report was released earlier this year often referred to as the Hargreaves Review.

Direct to Hargreaves Review–Full Text (PDF)

Direct to The Government Response to the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth (PDF):
Released today.

See Also: “Data mining given the go ahead in UK” (via Nature Publishing Blogs)


  • From Several UK Organizations (Open Rights, Internet Companies, Creative Coalition Campaign) as well as from Ivan Lewis MP, Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, in opposition of today’s announcement (via The Telegraph)
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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.