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The draft regulations are designed to ensure that the legal deposit libraries can provide a national archive of the UK’s non-print published output.
The draft regulations in the most recent consultation reflected some key changes made in response to stakeholder feedback from the previous consultation in 2010-11 including a revision of the scope such that publishers are only obliged to deliver off line content and on line content that can be obtained through a web harvesting process.
The revised regulations also address non-print content that is substantially the same as a printed work, thus giving publishers the opportunity to deposit in a non-print format instead in these instances and reducing the costs to the publishing sector. In the recent consultation, DCMS primarily sought views on the parts of the regulations which had been revised and on the impact of the regulations.
The consultation responses provided general support for the policy objective of preserving the nation’s non-print published output and the proposed non-print legal deposit regulations were broadly welcomed. We intend to proceed with introducing the Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-print works) Regulations in April 2013, will be making a number of minor amendments to the proposed regulations in response to the consultation and will be seeking to clarify other relevant points in accompanying guidance.
Public responses to this consultation were published on 4 September 2012 and are available to view on this website.
The draft Legal Deposit Libraries (non-print works) Regulations 2013 are designed to ensure the Legal Deposit Libraries provide a national archive of the UK’s non-print published material.
We are seeking your views on revised draft regulations and impact assessments for non- print legal deposit. The draft regulations are designed to ensure the Legal Deposit Libraries provide a national archive of the UK’s non-print published material. The consultation is open from 24 February to 18 May 2012.
This follows an earlier consultation during 2010-11 which resulted in the Government confirming in their response that they are committed to delivering regulations that cover non-print content and therefore proposed to develop the draft regulations to cover off line content and on line content that can be obtained through a web harvesting process. The draft regulations also cover on line content that is substantially the same as a printed work, removing the need to deposit print and reducing the costs to the publishing sector.
The key differences between these regulations and the ones consulted on in 2010-11 are:
- that there will no longer be an obligation on publishers to deposit on line content that cannot be obtained through the web harvesting process.
- there will be an obligation that on request publishers will have to provide Legal Deposit Libraries with access details (login details, password etc.) to works that are subject to public access restrictions; this will then be used as part of the web harvesting process.
- Clarification of the definition for on line work published in the UK.
- Micro-businesses and start-ups are exempt from certain measures under a moratorium running until March 2014.
We are primarily seeking your views on those aspects of the proposals which have changed most since the last consultation, but there is also the opportunity to comment more widely on any aspect of the proposals in the final question.