Committee (7th Day)
Digital Economy Bill [HL]
Lord Clement-Jones (Liberal Democrat)
I will respond briefly. I thank the Minister for his reply. Despite the fact that we have had a long debate over the past hour and a half on Clause 42, there were some new elements to his reply that I found welcome. I refer in particular to the response about the possible exclusion of commercial photographers if the consultation goes a certain way. There may be a quid pro quo here. The Minister said that it would not be right to introduce moral rights without proper consultation. The quid pro quo may be that commercial photographers are excluded until such time as moral rights are introduced. The Minister was almost juxtaposing that himself: it is an interesting concept. His reply raised some useful points and I look forward to him coming back at Report with a blinding new set of amendments. I will not press my opposition to the clause standing part.
Clause 42, as amended, agreed.
Moved by Lord Lucas
285: After Clause 42, insert the following new Clause-
(1) The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is amended as follows.
(2) In section 17, at the end insert-
"(7) Where a person acquires the right to use a copyright work in electronic form for his personal use, he also acquires the right to copy that work into other electronic formats for his personal use.
(8) Regulations may specify a sum upon payment of which the Registrar of Public Lending Right or a Licensing Scheme may grant a person the rights in subsection (7) in respect of works acquired by him before the coming into force of this section.""