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Copyright changes you need to know!

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 13 July 2016

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As of the 15th June this year, the Copyright (Free Public Showing or Playing) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 came into force.

This has effected copyright protection as we know it!

Specifically, section 72 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1972.

This section gives permission to premises that did not charge for admission to allow free public access to show television broadcasts with the approval of certain copyright holders.

This however has now changed!

Now the word ‘film’ has been removed from the section.

This means that anyone who wishes to show a broadcast in public may need to gain permission of the copyright holder to show the film contained in the broadcast.

However, the section continues to apply to the broadcast itself, meaning that so as long as permission has been given by the copyright holders, no additional permission needs to be given by the broadcaster.

This change was sparked by action taken by the Football Association Premier League against pubs who were using unauthorised decoders to show games in their establishments as well as other places who were trying to get round the rules by not playing the sound of games or covering logos.

Therefore, if you own a pub or public business and previously relied on this legislation to show sporting events at your establishment, you better re-think your position.

For further advice, contact Lawdit Solicitors.

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