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Concern as post-Brexit copyright rules restrict access to materials


British Library removes digitised version of Spare Rib after government repeals EU orphan works exception

Researchers and librarians have expressed concern after post-Brexit copyright rules forced the British Library to take down a digitised version of the feminist magazine Spare Rib.

On 1 January the UK government repealed the European Union’s orphan works exception, meaning UK-based institutions can no longer digitise copyrighted works for which the rights holder is not known or cannot be found.

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