Public Lending Right: Electronic Publishing

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th May 2018.

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Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Chair, Artificial Intelligence Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to lay statutory instruments before Parliament to extend the Public Lending Right to e-book loans.

Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Chair, Artificial Intelligence Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the Public Lending Right will be extended to e-book loans in time for the planned implementation date of 1 July.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Section 31 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 (DEA 2017), when commenced, will extend the Public Lending Right (PLR) to include the remote lending of e-books and audiobooks, where such lending takes place away from library premises. The Department is currently consulting with interested parties about amending relevant secondary legislation to ensure that it reflects section 31 of the DEA 2017. We intend to lay the necessary statutory instruments to amend relevant secondary legislation as soon as is practicable, following consideration of the responses to consultation.

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