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Pirate Party and Others Respond to Copyright Consultation

Thursday, 6 August, 2015 - 09:00

Our Government has always been one step behind when trying to legislate for technology. Since the Computer Misuse Act 1990 we've had very broad definitions of what can constitute a punishment under the law. Now the Intellectual Property Office is continuing this bad trend while blurring the lines between the different kinds of copyright breach. A consultation has been launched that threatens to increase existing criminal penalties for online file sharing from a maximum of 2 years, to a maximum of 10 years' imprisonment.

Satire and copyright - A start, but not nearly enough

Tuesday, 30 September, 2014 - 19:15

Limited changes to UK copyright law will come into on the the 1st of October. The change will for the first time allow the parody of copyright works.  At present anyone who uses clips of films, TV shows or songs without consent for parody (and almost anything else) risks being sued by the rightsholder.

This change will allow the use of material in copyright as long as it is fair, funny and does not compete with the original version.

Who Owns Knowledge

Speaker: 
Ms. Sephie Hallow
Talk Date: 
Saturday, 6 July, 2013
Talk Location: 
University of York Philosophy Society
United Kingdom

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