IPO Guidance on Copyright Reforms


[co-author: Oliver Kichenside]

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published guidance for copyright owners and consumers which outlines certain changes to current copyright law due to come into force on 1 June 2014.

The guidance relates to forthcoming changes which are designed to allow use of copyright works for a range of purposes deemed economically and/or socially valuable without having to obtain permission from the relevant rights holder. The new exemptions include: (i) the right to make personal copies of copyrighted works (such as CDs, books or films) for private use; (ii) the right to use copyrighted material for caricature, parody or pastiche; and (iii) an expansion of the right to fair quotation from a copyright work provided that the use is fair and the source of the quotation is acknowledged.

The changes are intended to implement the recommendations in Professor Ian Hargreaves’ 2011 report, Intellectual Property and Growth, which provided that the government should “firmly resist over regulation of activities which do not prejudice the central objective of copyright, namely the provision of incentives to creators” and “deliver copyright exceptions at national level to realise all the opportunities within the EU framework”.

The guidance notes can be found here:



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