Chapter 7

Copyright and Digital Cultural Heritage: Exceptions to Copyright

Written by Ronan Deazley, May 2017

Every copyright regime limits an owner’s rights by allowing certain things to be done with her work without the need for the owner’s permission. These permitted acts (or, exceptions to copyright) represent an attempt to strike a balance between the economic interests of the owner and use by others considered to be socially, culturally, politically or economically beneficial.

In this commentary, we consider how the European copyright regime has shaped UK law regarding exceptions to copyright. We then consider various exceptions that have general applicability within the UK.

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