HL Deb 26 February 1985 vol 460 cc930-1WA
Lord Eden of Winton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress has been made since July 1984 in extending the provisions of the Copyright (Amendment) Acts 1982 and 1983 to Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man; what steps in particular have been taken to complete the necessary drafting action in respect of the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Bermuda, whose Governments have already indicated their wish to up-date their copyright law in this way; whether the Governments of Jersey, Guernsey and the British Virgin Islands have been advised of these developments and whether they have been asked whether they also are prepared to take early action to ensure that the notable reduction of video piracy in the United Kingdom resulting from these Acts is not offset by its appearance in their own territories.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Lucas of Chilworth)

Extension to their territories of the Copyright Act 1956 (Amendment) Act 1982 and the Copyright (Amendment) Act 1983 has been requested by Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar and Montserrat. A decision from St. Helena is still awaited. Once this is received, a single statutory instrument will be prepared to extend these enactments to all those territories which have requested it. The Isle of Man authorities now wish to await the passing of the Copyright (Computer Software) Amendment Bill so that all three enactments may be extended by one statutory instrument. The Governments of the Channel Islands have been made fully aware of the purposes and terms of the Copyright (Amendment) Acts 1982 and 1983. Jersey has expressed an interest in the extension of the Copyright Act 1956 and the Amendment Acts, though a decison from Guernsey is still awaited.