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On 20 December, archives and their users got a rather nice Christmas present! The long-awaited UK government White Paper on copyright exceptions: Modernising copyright.

Christmas present from nex230's flickr stream under licence CC BY-NC 2.0

I’ve not read the response in depth yet, but at first glance it offers practical and positive ways forward – meaning that the underlying complexities of copyright law will have less impact than they do now.  The resulting legislation (which should come into force in October) will make it easier to preserve materials in archives and to offer better services to our users.  Find out more in my Special Collections Handbook post.

(Pressie pic courtesy nex230’s flickr stream under licence CC BY-NC 2.0).