Saturday, December 22, 2012

Going Mobile

Just going mobile with this posting. You will not see much of this on LawPundit however as I value my 10-finger typing on a normal PC keyboard rather than 1-finger pecking. But now and then I may venture an experiment.

Copyright Law to be Reformed in 2013 in the United Kingdom: UK Government to Follow Hargreaves Review and Sensibly Loosen Copyright Law, Permit Fair Dealing and thus also Spur Innovation

Ewan Spence, hat tip, has the story at Forbes in
Finally It's Going To Be Legal To Rip Your CD In The UK,
writing inter alia:
"Following on from the Hargreaves Review into UK copyright law, exceptions will be made in copyright law to allow individuals to copy works for personal use."
A host of other changes will be made as well to bring copyright law in the United Kingdom into the 21st century.

The applicable response to the Hargreaves Review by Her Majesty's Government is found in Modernising Copyright: A modern, robust and flexible framework: Government response to consultation on copyright exceptions and clarifying copyright law, which writes:
"The Government will publish draft legislation for technical review in 2013. It intends to introduce the measures in the smallest possible number of statutory instruments to minimise disruption to stakeholders, make best use of Parliamentary time and ensure that the revised system is implemented in a clear and consistent manner. The intention is that measures will come into force in October 2013.
In line with the impact assessments for these measures, the Government will also publish an evaluation strategy that will set out how the Government intends to measure the impact of the policy. There will be a formal post-implementation review to review the benefits and costs of the reforms and see whether further change is needed."
See also:

Elizabeth Gibney at Times Higher Education in
Copyright changes 'should boost growth'

Mark Sweney at The Guardian in
UK copyright laws to be freed up and parody laws relaxed

Ben Kersey at the Verge in
UK copyright reforms will finally legalize private copying of content for personal use

Olivia Solon at Wired in
Government relaxes copyright framework to encourage innovation





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