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New copyright exceptions - do you know how they affect your museum?

CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) have launched a campaign to try and build support from across the sector for the proposed changes to the copyright laws. Read more about the campaign here.

Naomi Korn, IP Consultant and Chair of the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA) is encouraging museums to write to their local MP in support of these changes as it will have a huge impact on our digital work with collections.  She has drafted the template letter below that can be adapted and forwarded to your local MP (details of which can be found at the Write to Them website).


Template Letter

Dear xxx

I am writing to urge you to support the final drafts of the Exceptions to Copyright regulations, which were laid before Parliament on March 27th.

These key reforms to copyright legislation are vital to the work of the xxxx Museum.

Good copyright law is the bedrock of a strong knowledge economy but, as the Hargreaves Review and 2006 Gowers Review concluded, our current copyright laws limit growth, are out of kilter with consumer norms, put our cultural heritage at risk and hold back scientific discovery. Implementing the copyright exceptions as recommended in the “Digital Opportunity” report will change this.

The proposed regulations will:

  • Enable digital preservation of  xxx  important and often vulnerable collection items.
  • Allow walk in users to gain access to digital images of all our works on dedicated terminals on our premises.
  • Facilitate the reproduction of in-copyright quotes.
  • Permit accessible copies of in-copyright works to be made for the wide range of print-disabled people that copyright law currently does not provide for, such as people with cognitive or hearing disabilities.
  • Enable our staff to make a legal copy of reasonable amounts of items in our collections for our users.
  • Ensure that we do not infringe copyright in art works in our collection which themselves parody existing works in copyright.

Please help to ensure that xxxx can harness the opportunities of the digital age by supporting these exceptions.

The Libraries & Archives Copyright Alliance has provided a briefing with further details

Yours sincerely