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Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 reduces the copyright protection term for artistic works produced via an industrial process.
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The creative industries are a vital part of the economy and the UK government continues to be a strong advocate for promoting innovation in the creative and design industries. The Government plays a part in this by ensuring that copyright both incentivises the creation of work and protects original material and the creator or owner of this material.
Protecting original artistic works through copyright is one way to incentivise innovation in design. The government has taken the power to repeal section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 which reduces the term of copyright protection for artistic works which are produced through an industrial process.
The government will set a date for this change in law after public consultation. As a first step, the government has therefore published a call for evidence to hear views on how and when the change in law should take place, and the reasons for these views. A short formal consultation will follow.
This call for evidence is aimed at all interested parties across all sectors including design, manufacturing, retail, import, publishing, teaching and digital.
Call for evidence: Transitional provisions for repeal of Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988
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Published: 16 October 2013