Parliament Passes New Copyright Law Giving People the 'Right to Parody'

New regulations will come into force 1 October.

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A law has now been passed that will give people the right to alter copyrighted work for "caricature, parody and pastiche," Gigwise reports.

This law, named "The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Quotation and Parody) Regulations" will come into force on October 1.

Minister for intellectual copyright, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, said: "Online creative sites, which are about building grass-roots creativity, have told us that they have encountered sometimes insurmountable issues with lawyers and copyright owners over the years. One of the ways that campaigners are able to highlight questionable business practice is by parodying a company's own brand or slogans.

"Yet as the law stands, to do so carries considerable risk of legal action and with it the risk of campaign materials being blocked from publication. The Government believe it is time to change the law."

The Open Rights Group rejoiced in wake of the law change. Commenting on the decision, the group said: "We will have to make sure the new parody right can be used and isn't inappropriately challenged in the courts. But it has to be said that getting parody onto the statute book is a major achievement for the government and those who supported the proposal, including campaign groups, and comedians and YouTube parodists who joined us in our campaign."

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    Nowhere in this article does it say what country this law has been passed in...
    Yep. So I guess we know this is from some country with a parliament... Not even the original article UG links to says anything about it. I guess that means we have a world government now, and it uses a parliamentry system.
    Anyone else immediately picture George Clinton when reading the title?
    No, anytime I hear/read 'Parliament', I think of European Vacation. "Look kids, Big Ben!"
    I think of vodka. But what I would really like to know is, which country does this affect, as I really know shit about other country's laws and government... Why would anyone downvote me for asking a question?
    It's already included in EUs Copyright Directive (2001/29/EC incase you want to check it) although here in Finland it hasn't been implemented in our own books yet. However it most certainly influences every jurisdiction and court under EU already and it's just a matter of time before this becomes common practice at least in EU. Not the best answer, but I hope it gives you something.
    Britain. At least assuming Baroness Neville-Rolfe is who wikipedia says she is.
    Didn't know George Clinton had that kind of I'm just waiting for the state of the groove speech from president of funk bootsy collins
    A search reveals it's the UK. Although how far are one off from a singular global governing body? Well, years judging by the way everyone seems determined to kill each other...
    If this is for the United States then Prince, watch the **** out! Weird Al is coming for you
    If this was a new law for you out in the US, well- welcome one step closer to modern day.