Other areas of UK policy

Other areas of UK copyright policy, including Public Lending Right, Legal Deposit and licensing

The right to read should mean the right to mine for the sake of UK prosperity

LACA is urging the UK Government to fully and clearly legitimise the principle that the right to read should mean the right to mine in UK; this is essential to maintain the UK’s competitive edge and keep it at the forefront of global research, and to further develop the UK economy. This principle was already enshrined in the London Manifesto for Fair Copyright Reform for Libraries and Archives in Europe, which has signatures from over 125 institutions and organisations in the UK and beyond, and has been amplified by a recent report commissioned by the UK Government on Growing the artificial intelligence industry in the UK.

LACA has written to Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, and Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, to urge the Government to take seriously the text and data mining recommendation of the AI report and the principle that the right to read should be the right to mine.

Read the letter

(December 2017)

CILIP and SCL's joint letter about MPLC

It has been brought to our attention that the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) has been approaching public libraries claiming that they must subscribe to its individual or umbrella licences for the purpose of ensuring the requirements of copyright legislation are met in relation to the “public performance” of films.

After consulting with the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA), CILIP drafted a letter advising Library Authorities to seek legal advice before taking out one of these licences due to concerns with:

  • The producers’ repertoire covered by the MPLC licence
  • The absence of an indemnity in the MPLC licence
  • MPLC's assertion that the viewing of films on People’s Network computers requires a public performance licence.

This letter was issued jointly by CILIP and the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL).

Read the letter.

(October 2016)

One purchaser, one user

An issue has recently been brought to LACA’s attention regarding printed publications that additionally provide access to web-based / electronic content. This occurs in various forms, including:

•    Books including “once-only” access codes which require the user to then set up a unique username/password in order to access the web-based content
•    Books or music scores including a code or download card which enable (often audio) files to be downloaded a single time
This publishing model, which essentially boils down to “one purchaser, one user”, is incompatible with library lending. A borrower who can only access the printed portion, and not the electronic content, is thus denied access to the entirety of the publication, which in some instances will render the work completely unusable.

LACA has been contacting publishers to alert them to this and invite them to work with us to find a solution.

Click here to read the template letter.

(January 2016)

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