UK: copyright milestones

Date

Description

16 December 1911 The Copyright Act, 1911 comes into force
5 November 1956 The Copyright Act, 1956 comes into force
1 August 1989 The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988 comes into force
1 January 1996 The Duration of copyright and Rights in Performances Regulations, 1995 come into force, implementing Directive 93/98/EEC on the duration of copyright and related rights [including extension of copyright duration]
31 October 2003 The Copyright and Related Rights Regulations, 2003 come into force, implementing Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society
1 February 2006 The Performances (Moral Rights etc.) Regulations, 2006 come into force
6 December 2006 Gowers Review of Intellectual Property is published
18 May 2011 Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth published
25 April 2013 The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act receives royal assent
1 November 2013 The Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances Regulations 2013 come into force. Implements Directive 2011/77/EU on the term of protection [including sound recordings and co-authored works]
1 June 2014 The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Research, Education, Libraries and Archives) Regulations 2014 come into force
1 June 2014 The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014 come into force
1 October 2014 The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Quotation and Parody) Regulations 2014 come into force
1 October 2014 The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Extended Collective Licensing) Regulations 2014 come into force
29 October 2014 The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Certain Permitted Uses of Orphan Works) Regulations 2014 come into force
29 October 2014 The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Licensing of Orphan Works) Regulations 2014 come into force
27 April 2017 The Digital Economy Act receives royal assent