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Published: 06 March 2017
Area of Law: Brexit, Copyright & Database Rights, Information Technology, Intellectual Property

Brexit: implications for copyright and the Digital Single Market

Brexit will undoubtedly affect copyright law and its development in the UK and places an unexpected obstacle in the way of the achievement of a Digital Single Market as envisaged by the European Commission.

The nature of copyright, however, and the way copyright laws have been implemented in the UK over the years mean that UK copyright owners will not need to concern themselves with potential loss of protection. Unlike for example owners of EU trade marks and, at least in the short term, it is unlikely that there will be major changes to UK copyright law.

While there is still much speculation about what shape the future relationship with the EU will take Kim Walker considers the implications for copyright and related rights when the UK leaves the EU, including the impact of not joining the Digital Single Market.

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