UK private copying exception ‘unlawful’ due to lack of evidence for denying compensation to creators.
SAA welcomes the judgement of the UK High Court in the case brought by BASCA, the MU and UK Music which found that the Government’s decision not to provide fair compensation was based on inadequate evidence – and, as a result, unlawful. The UK government will now need to reconsider its position.
Private copying compensation is a key source of revenue for screenwriters and directors across Europe. It provides a freedom to copy to consumers while compensating creators for the exception to their exclusive rights.