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Internet: Copyright

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 179183, tabled on 12 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that copyright owners take adequate account of fair dealing before issuing take-down notices on social and digital media platforms.

Answered on

20 April 2021

Fair dealing exceptions have an important role to play in a balanced copyright framework. The Government is aware that many of the online services operating notice and take down also provide a mechanism for users to have the content reinstated if it has been mistakenly identified as infringing copyright; for example, where a user has uploaded content under a copyright exception.

The Government believes that effective notice and takedown processes are an important mechanism for protecting content online and has facilitated a number of initiatives with intellectual property rights holders and online providers to ensure that such mechanisms work well. The Government does not however intervene in specific instances of take down of content, which are private to the parties involved.

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy