Reforming Regulation for Enterprise

Parliament StreetThe Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill received its first reading on Wednesday. The main purpose of the bill is to encourage long term growth and simplify regulation.

The bill includes measures to encourage prospective employment tribunal claimants to contact concilliation services, to attempt to cut down on the number of tribunals as well as a measure to give shareholders a binding vote on executive pay deals.

Also included, is a repeal of the exception provided for in section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. This exception currently limits the term of protection for artistic works which have been produced through an “industrial process”.

The term of copyright protection for an artistic work is life of the creator plus 70 years. However if a work is exploited “industrially” UK legislation provides that the protection only lasts for 25 years.

The proposed legislation also creates an order making power which will allow the Government to make any changes in future related to copyright exceptions or exceptions to rights in performances without affecting existing infringement penalties.

The bill is due to have its second reading debate on 11 June 2012.

You can find all the currently published documents, included explanitory notes on the Parliament website.

City AM also reports on some of the details from the bill.

Coadec's Executive Director. Sara can be reached at sara [DOT] kelly [AT] coadec [DOT] com or by using the contact details on this website.

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