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Educational Institutions: Copyright

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of (a) the number of copyrights held by teaching establishments within his responsibilities and (b) the revenues which accrue annually from such copyrights. (180418)

Copyright is an unregistered right which arises automatically. As a signatory to the Berne Convention, the UK is precluded from keeping mandatory registers of copyright works. Consequently no central records are kept. UK teaching establishments are responsible for managing any copyright protected works they generate and for tracking any revenue generated by commercial exploitation. Collecting information centrally on revenues generated in this way would entail disproportionate cost.