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Progress of the exceptions to copyright regulations

Intellectual Property Minister Lord Younger has issued a statement on the exceptions to copyright regulations.

The government welcomes the fact that the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has concluded its consideration of three of the five copyright exceptions statutory instruments (SIs).

The Public Administration, Disability, and Research, Education, Libraries & Archives SIs will all be discussed in Parliament next week and subject to parliamentary approval will come into force on 1 June 2014.

The Committee has some questions about the private copying and parody exceptions that they would like to discuss with us. It is not unusual for the Committee to want to spend more time considering SIs, but it will have implications for the timetable given where we are in the parliamentary cycle. It is likely to mean these two SIs are implemented later than 1 June 2014.

While this delay is disappointing for both the government and many of our stakeholders, the government remains firmly committed to implementing each of these important exceptions to copyright law as soon as possible.