The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published the government's intentions for 'modernising copyright' in a document, aptly called Modernising Copyright. It details many changes including some to the fundamental Education Exceptions to Copyright which are to be enacted through secondary legislation by October 2013.
Format shifting - moving data from one platform/device to another for personal or study purposes will be permitted.
Copyright Exceptions for education will be 'media neutral' - they will encompass all media - films, music, etc - not just text-based media.
Teachers will be permitted to use materials within the Exceptions for teaching to 'illustrate' their teaching.
The Exceptions will cover VLEs and institutionally managed authenticated services.
There are a number of new measures to assist archives and libraries perform their work of supporting learning and teaching in the digital age.
Further measures to support 'Disability' are also being introduced.