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Copyright UK

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Copyright windfall in store

Publishers and authors could benefit from a leap in copyright revenues
under proposals for tighter controls on the photocopying and scanning of
books in businesses. Books and journals copied for commercial purposes can
currently be exempted from copyright law under a "fair dealing"
restriction. But changes to enforce stricter commercial licensing are
contained in draft amendments to UK law to accommodate the European
Community directive on copyright. The Copyright Licensing Agency, which
collects fees for copying on behalf of rightsholders, expects a flood of
new licence applications from companies of all sizes if the amendments go
through. It predicts a four or five-fold increase in the level of licences
in the commercial sector, which already number about 1,200.

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