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Government decides not to change copyright exhaustion laws.

Yesterday (Tuesday 18 January 2022), the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) announced that it will, for now, not be proceeding with the mooted changes to the UK’s current laws on copyright exhaustion.


This announcement has obviously been welcomed throughout the entire literary industry - from authors and illustrators to editors and publishers - as it protects what we all do. The Save Our Books campaign, which was organised by the Publishers Association, was a leading advocate of the status quo. In response to the IPO's decision, Publishers Association Chief Executive, Stephen Lotinga, said: “We are delighted that the government has chosen to maintain the UK’s gold standard copyright regime, which our world-leading creative industries are built on, and that ministers have listened to authors, readers and the wider industry on the risks of any change. I am extremely grateful to our Save Our Books campaign partners, MPs and members of the public who have worked together to make our case to government. I know everyone will be relieved that for the moment they can get back to doing what they do best – putting incredible books into the hands of readers.”


For more information see the links below:


https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uks-future-exhaustion-of-intellectual-property-rights-regime#full-publication-update-history


https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jan/19/government-pauses-plans-to-rewrite-uk-copyright-laws-after-authors-protest


https://www.publishers.org.uk/copyright-exhaustion-laws/




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