A changing landscape – exploring the new IP and copyright legislation
UK intellectual property legislation is changing. First, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (ERRA), which received Royal Assent on 25 April, has been published, modifying UK copyright law, though not as drastically as some would have liked. Secondly, the Government announced in the Queen's Speech that it will introduce an Intellectual Property Bill to make changes to the law of design and patents. Copyright provisions ERRA includes, among other things, significant copyright-related provisions. It repeals section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. This provision previously limited the duration of copyright in artistic works exploited by an industrial process to make articles, to just 25 years. The new ERRA provision extends the copyright protection afforded to such works to the usual period for most copyright works, of the life of the author plus 70 years.
Big changes to improve copyright and IP law are afoot. John Wilks, Thomas Keane and Charles Harvey explain the new legislation being drawn up in Westminster
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