Copyright

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 22nd October 2013.

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Photo of Michael Connarty Michael Connarty Member, European Scrutiny Committee 22nd October 2013

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to exclude audio-visual content from draft regulations introducing a copyright exception for private copying.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 22nd October 2013

As announced in ‘Modernising Copyright’, published December 2012, Government policy is that the private copying exception will be technology neutral. It will apply to all types of copyright work, allowing people to watch, read or listen to purchased content across different technologies and devices without breaking the law. However it will not prevent rights holders from using technological measures to restrict copying of material, such as the restrictions which currently exist on DVDs and other audio-visual content.

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