Intellectual Property

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 29th May 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Lewer Andrew Lewer Conservative, Northampton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received on the potential erosion of UK intellectual property resulting from potential UK trade partners introducing widening copyright exceptions.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Higher Education), Minister of State (Education)

The Government receives representations from creative industry stakeholders which raise a range of issues relating to copyright. We are aware that a number of our potential future trading partners are currently reviewing their respective domestic intellectual property frameworks, including limitations and exceptions to copyright.

The Government believes that copyright owners should receive appropriate remuneration for use of their works, wherever that may be in the world. To this end, we support adherence to the standards set by international copyright treaties, including the Berne Convention’s “three step test” which ensures that exceptions to copyright are proportionate.

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