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Change to transitional arrangements for the repeal of section 52 of the CDPA

The Government has revoked the Commencement Order which implemented the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

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In March 2015 the Government implemented a Commencement Order (Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (Commencement No.8 and Saving Provisions) Order 2015) which would implement the repeal of section 52 of the CDPA on 6 April 2020. Following the introduction of this Order, the Government received a claim for judicial review challenging its compatibility with EU law.

Having considered the matter carefully, the Government has revoked the Commencement Order and will not continue with the current transitional arrangements. The revocation order can be viewed on the legislation.gov.uk website.

The Government will launch a fresh consultation on revised transitional arrangements, including the date for implementing the repeal. A further announcement will be made when the new consultation is published.

Published 23 July 2015