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Copyright and The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 is changing copyright law in the UK to enable the widespread commercial exploitation of images where the owner of copyright in an image cannot be identified. Under the Act these images, known as “orphaned works”, will be allowed to go into a collective licensing scheme for non-exclusive use by licensees paying a royalty.

Important change to UK copyright law

Section 52 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 has been repealed. Section 52 limited the usual copyright term of life of the author, plus 70 years to a mere 25 years for certain artistic works, i.e. artistic works that are mass produced (more than 50 made).

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