Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Agents and publishers could face licensing bills

From Booktrade.info:
The Digital Economy Bill, published on Friday, will bring in unexpected registration requirements and government control over authors' agents and some publishers, according to copyright experts at national law firm Beachcroft LLP. Such agents - along with certain picture libraries, software resellers, record companies, film distributors and publishers - may need to register with the government, pay annual registration fees and be subject to codes of practice, backed up by criminal sanctions, if provisions regarding the control of 'licensing bodies' are brought in.

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