Friday, 14 June 2013

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act commencement

The Government has announced when the copyright provisions of the Act will come into effect, or at least given some indicative dates. Sections 75 to 78 and Schedule 22 already came into force on 25 April 2013. BIS proposes that regulations to implement section 76 (Power to reduce duration of copyright in transitional cases) will be in force by April 2014, and that regulations to implement sections 77 (Licensing of copyright and performers’ rights) and 78 (Penalties under provision implementing Directive on term of protection) and Schedule 22 (linked to section 77) will come into force by October 2014.

As for section 74, which will repeal section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, that requires further consultation, though the new Intellectual Property Bill looks as if it will make that otiose (on which subject, see David Musker's posting on the Class 99 blog the other day.

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