The current regime generally strikes the right balance in terms of protecting the rights of content creators and the rights of consumers or users. Any significant new exceptions could be highly damaging to the news media industry.
In Europe, copyright review is likely to be high on the agenda of the Juncker Commission while changes are also being introduced by the UK government.
The UK Government is introducing changes to copyright exceptions contained in the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988 which follow publication of the Hargreaves Review in May 2011. The Intellectual Property Office will be reviewing the operation of the exceptions - which cover a range of uses including quotation, archiving, text and data mining, parody, caricature and pastiche - a year after they come into force.