Here’s a roundup of recent good and bad news from the United Kingdom that could impact fans:
- Discussions about blocking websites that are considered to infringe on copyright have been shelved by the U.K. government. However, the idea has been postponed rather than abandoned, since the decision to shelve turned largely on the details of the plan rather than the general intent. Similar efforts may spring up again in the near future. This article from the BBC News discusses fan fiction, specifically, as an example of the “remix culture” that must be recognized and accommodated in any new copyright revisions.
- The U.K. has been focusing on updating copyright laws for the digital age. This overview of an in-depth report on the state of copyright in the U.K. suggests that the revamp may be a good thing for the economy, but it stops short of endorsing “fair use” exemptions similar to those in the U.S. One idea proposed in the report was a central clearinghouse for all copyrighted works. It remains to be seen how such an institution might affect fanworks.
- If you’re interested in hearing discussions on how copyright can better serve artists and the general public, the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and Publication is taking registrations until 23 August for its webcast.
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