The future of copyright exemption in the UK


Patrick Cantrill and Chris Hoole

Historically, the UK has taken a relatively narrow approach to the implementation of the governing EU Directives on statutory copyright exemptions.

However, technological developments have necessitated a review of the present exemption regime under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998 (CDPA). Led by the Hargreaves Review in 2011, the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has released for comment draft provisions which are intended to make the current copyright exemptions fit for a digital age. 

Current UK copyright exemptions

The CDPA exempts infringement a number of specified acts, which include but are not limited to:

Copyright, UK, Hargreaves Review,