UK CONSIDERING CHANGE IN COPYRIGHT LAWS TO LIBERALISE PARALLEL IMPORT LAWS

On 7 September, an Opinion piece from The Guardian reported that bookshops and publishers fear that the industry faces a powerful threat, if cheap editions legitimately produced for an overseas market are allowed to be sold in the UK.  Currently EU regulations meant that UK producers could prevent the importation of such books into Britain; in the wake of Brexit, the government is considering reversing this.  A report is said to argue that “in general, protectionist use of IP rights should be resisted”, and it suggests that the UK liberalises parallel import laws “to reduce prices and increase choice for consumers” .

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/07/the-guardian-view-on-changes-to-copyright-law-book-lovers-beware

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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