HC Deb 16 June 1986 vol 99 cc372-3W
Mr. Alan Howarth

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he proposes that changes should be made to the existing provisions of copyright law relating to commissioned works of art; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Pattie

As recently announced in the White Paper "Intellectual Property and Innovation"—Cmnd. 9712—the Government have concluded that it is unnecessary and undesirable to change either the basic ownership provision or the existing specific exceptions covering commissioned works of art in the Copyright Act 1956. However, since publication of the White Paper we have had further representations on the subject and we will look at the matter again in the light of these representations.