The government is launching a call for views on the repeal of Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) and other associated amendments in 2016. This is part of a post implementation review of the legislation to assess its effectiveness. The Secretary of State has a statutory obligation to review the Regulations within five years of the legislation coming into force.
The repeal of Section 52 may have affected many groups. These include designers, craftspeople, architects, publishers, educational institutions, museums, and manufacturers and retailers of replicas. We want to establish to what extent this regulation has achieved its original objectives. This call for views will run for 10 weeks and close on 31st August 2021. We are looking for evidence-based responses where possible. A report will be published at the end of this year detailing the findings. The report will consider whether the regulation is still required or should be amended.
The 2016 repeal to Section 52 means all artistic works, including those industrially manufactured, receive the full term of copyright protection. This is life of the creator plus 70 years. Please see the Repeal of section 52 CDPA and related amendments: Call for views to find out more and respond.