HC Deb 14 December 1983 vol 50 cc483-4W
Mr. Arnold

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hazel Grove of 5 December, Official Report, c. 4, whether he will specify the difficult issues which remain to be settled before he publishes the Bill to implement the reform of copyright law.

Mr. Alexander Fletcher

Final decisions have yet to be taken on all the issues discussed in the copyright Green Paper (Cmnd. 8302), with the exception of those relating to cable television and satellite broadcasts, which are being dealt with in the current Cable and Broadcasting Bill, and those concerning offences which were dealt with in the Copyright Act 1956 (Amendment) Act 1982 and the Copyright (Amendment) Act 1983. Among the more difficult questions which remain are industrial design protection and unauthorised home taping.