Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law Provisions Bill 2018 Published

Copyright protects creative outputs such as books, films, music, software and television broadcasts against unauthorised reproduction or copying.

This Bill which was published last week by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation is intended to make better provision for copyright and other intellectual property (IP) protection in the digital era and to enable rightholders to better enforce their IP rights in the courts.

It also addresses other societal needs such as expanding the education exception to allow the use of digital works in the classroom or through access to secure school networks; expanding the research exception and making provision for data analytics; and facilitating persons with a disability getting access to works.

Provisions in the Bill include:

  • making it an infringement, in the context of photographs, to tamper with metadata associated with the photographic works;
  • creating an exception for use of copyright works to allow for caricature, satire and parody; and
  • extending the concept of fair dealing in copyright works for purposes of news reporting.

Further details including the text of the Bill, an Explanatory Memorandum and a Regulatory Impact Analysis are available on the Department’s website here.

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