New Intellectual Property law as of 1 October 2014

02-10-2014 11:59

On 1 October 2014 (yesterday) new measures came into force in the UK which change the Intellectual Property law landscape.

As from 1 October 2014, it will be permitted to use a small amount of copyright work for the purpose of “parody, caricature or pastiche” without the copyright owner’s consent, provided that the dealing with it is “fair”.  Whether it is fair dealing will depend on all the facts in each case.  What this means is that a comedian can use a quotes from a film in a parody.  Previously comedians ran the risk of being sued if they used other people's copyright work without consent.

We will cover other changes to IP law over the coming weeks.

If you have any questions on this topic or other IP questions, please contact Emma Hayward.

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