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New law: European Commission issues Notice on potential effect of Brexit on copyright owners

UK businesses benefiting from EU copyright laws will want to review the effect of Brexit (at 11pm on 29 March 2019), following a recent Notice from the European Commission on the potential impact of Brexit.

June 2018

This update was published in Legal Alert - June 2018

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The Notice to stakeholders: Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules in the field of copyright discusses the possible consequences of Brexit on broadcasting, portability of online content (which allows UK subscribers to access, for example, Netflix while they are temporarily elsewhere in the EU), database rights, orphan rights (where the rights holder is not known), visually impaired access to copyright works across the EU, and collecting societies.

It does not cover all copyright issues arising from Brexit, for instance, the principle of exhaustion, who qualifies for copyright protection, and the definition of 'first publication'.

The possible consequences are, the Notice stresses, ‘subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement’, as currently being negotiated.

Operative date

  • 29 March 2019


  • UK businesses and individuals benefiting from EU copyright laws should download the Notice from the ec.europa.eu website

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