There were three United Kingdom Copyright Acts in the twentieth century. It is now 26 years since the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 was passed. The major thesis of this lecture is that it is time for a new Copyright Act. The minor thesis is that we need to re-think our approach to copyright law reform. Both theses are illustrated by the history of UK copyright legislation over the last 140 years.You can read the text of the lecture in full by clicking here.
Via the eagle-eyed Chris Torrero comes a quick word about "Copyright Notice: Public Exhibition of Copyright Works", another in the recent series of United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office Notices which don't have binding legal force and are not per se authoritative but do reflect official thinking. It explains that, for example,
In the UK, public exhibition is not an act restricted by copyright. This means that it is not an infringement of copyright to put a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work on public display (for example, in a display cabinet in a museum or gallery).You can access the document in full here. Source: http://web.docuticker.com/go/docubase/72458
Likewise, playing or showing a sound recording, film or broadcast in a public place would usually be an infringement of copyright.
However, certain exceptions to the public performance right exist. For example, educational establishments are permitted to perform, play or show copyright works without infringing copyright, provided it is done for the purposes of instruction and the audience is solely composed of individuals directly connected to the establishment (namely staff and students).