New legislative measures to update the UK’s copyright licensing system were announced recently, to help strengthen the system and boost its contribution to the economy and society.
Under the new measures, the Government will reserve a power to introduce statutory codes of conduct for collecting societies if they fail to operate to minimum standards.
“The measures we plan to introduce as soon as possible would make it easier for those seeking access to, and use of, copyrighted works. Freeing up so-called ‘orphan works’ will allow use of works for the first time, making the most of untapped economic and creative potential,” the Business Minister Norman Lamb said. “Extending licensing arrangements for collective societies, whilst ensuring rights holders are protected, will also help maximise the benefit for the UK’s world-class creative industries.”
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