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Parliament passes right to caricature, parody and pastiche law

Following a vote in the House of Lords, a law has now been passed that will allow people to alter copyrighted work for “caricature, parody and pastiche”.  The new law, called the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Quotation and Parody) Regulations 2014, will come into force on 1 October 2014.

This change in the law has been made in response to lobbying by groups such as the Open Rights Group who commented “getting parody onto the statute book is a major achievement for the government and those who supported the proposal, including campaign groups, comedians and YouTube parodists”.

Also in support of the change, the minister for intellectual property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, said: “One of the ways that campaigners are able to highlight questionable business practice is by parodying a company’s own brand or slogans. Yet as the law stands, to do so carries considerable risk of legal action and with it the risk of campaign materials being blocked from publication. The Government believe it is time to change the law.”

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