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Overview of the year’s main achievements

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Copyright debate and the Digital Economy Bill

  • Digital Britain logoThe British Library contributed to the ongoing public debate on copyright, to ensure that copyright issues of importance to the research and education sector are reflected in any subsequent legislation, rules or regulations introduced by the Government. It welcomed the Government’s proposed ‘copyright roadmap’.
  • The Library responded to the Government’s Digital Economy Bill, which was in Committee Stage at the end of the financial year. The Bill’s aim of allowing the use of ‘orphan’ works, crucial to enabling mass digitisation projects, was supported by the Library.

    The Library asked for clarification about the effect on libraries and educational establishments of proposed new laws on filesharing.

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