Following on from the news in May that the private copying and parody/pastiche exceptions had been withdrawn from voting, the remaining three copyright exceptions came into force in the UK on June 1st, 2014. These exceptions cover public administration, research education libraries and archives, and disability exceptions, and they offer a proposed benefit of £250 million to the UK economy over the next years (at least according to the press release issued on June 1st, on which see here).
Although at the time of coming into force of these exceptions, more speculation centered on the mysterious disappearance of their companions, some progress has finally appeared – new draft Statutory Instruments are available on legislation.gov.uk!
As pointed out on the IPKat blog, new statutory instruments are available here and here, and they supersede the previous drafts (although how much in them has changed, I am as yet unsure). Thus fair, this blogger has certainly noted that their coming into force date has changed – they’re now due on October 1st, a difference of four months from their original planned date.
It’s certainly good to see that the mysterious vanishing exceptions are back on track, and hopefully they have not suffered unduly through their month-long disappearance.