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Copyright Law Changes     

The law regarding photocopying of copyrighted texts has been changed in accordance with an EC directive. Businesses copying from books, magazines or journals will be in breach of the law unless they have permission from the copyright owner or a license from the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).

Firms were formerly able to claim exemption from the law under the definition of 'fair dealing,' however the new ruling narrows that definition to exclude copying of research for commercial purposes.

Under the new law this exception will similarly be limited only to research or private study that is for non-commercial purposes. Businesses that obtain copies from libraries and document suppliers for commercial purposes will need to pay a copyright fee. If they wish to make further copies of the document supplied they will also need to have a CLA business licence, for details of the Document Delivery Licenses:
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