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UK Copyright changes

Thu, 03 Jul 2014

Important and long awaited change to UK copyright law came into effect on 1 June. The changes have major and beneficial implications for disabled people and research, education, libraries and archives. The changes were put into effect via the Copyright and Rights in Performance (Disability) Regulations 2014 and the Copyright and Rights in Performance (Research, Education, Libraries and Archives) Regulations 2014 which amend the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The full text of the new legislation is available on the website

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published eight guidance booklets on all the proposed changes to copyright law including Accessible formats for disabled people (8 pages) and Libraries, Museums and Archives (10 pages). They are available via:

The new disability regulations extend the right to accessible formats to all disabled people, not just visually impaired people, and cover all formats. Therefore, the whole of the Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002 is repealed.

JISC TechDis is holding a 45 minute webinar on the new copyright regulations led by JISC Legal at 13.00 on 8 July.

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