Criticism, Review and News Reporting

Part of Orders of the Day — Copyright, Designs and Patents Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 10:45 pm on 25th July 1988.

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Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair , Sedgefield 10:45 pm, 25th July 1988

As I understand it—I wish to be clear about this—the Government amendment gives us exactly what we asked for in Committee. Members of the Committee will recall that there was great concern that the fair dealing provisions as drafted meant that photographers lost copyright protection in circumstances where, for example, news and current events were reported. That was of tremendous concern to them. It was a right that they had held and they had always been in a particular position in relation to the use of photographs.

As I read Government amendment No. 43, photographs are specifically and expressly excluded from fair dealing. If I am right, there is no need for me to move amendment No. 8.