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Copyright changes stalled: lack of agreement on compensating rights

Two draft proposals for changing copyright law originally intended to meet a 1 June deadline have been blocked by a disagreement on the question of compensation for rights owners and artists.

The two draft proposals are Copyright and Rights in Performances (personal copies for private use) and (quotation and parody). According to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (JCSI), “had some questions,” about the personal copies for private use and quotation and parody statutory instruments. “This is not unusual,” continued the statement, “but given where we were in the parliamentary cycle it was not possible to implement these regulations on 1 June. The government re-laid these regulations before Parliament on 9 June with a view to their coming into force on 1 October 2014.”

The personal copies for private use changes will allow people to: