The current legislative framework consists of The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 which came into force on 1 August 1989 supplemented by a number of statutory instruments which have been issued under the Act. (NB the list of statutory instruments given below is not a comprehensive list of the subsidiary legislation. Rather it is a list of the ones of most relevance to library and information professionals).
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Chapter 48. London: HMSO, 1988. ISBN 0105448885
SI 1989/1212The Copyright (Librarians and Archivists) (Copying of Copyright Material) Regulations 1989. ISBN 0110972120. London: HMSO, 1989.
Came into force on 1 August 1989. The regulations revoke and replace the Copyright (Libraries) Regulations 1957. They prescribe the descriptions of libraries and archives which may, subject to the prescribed conditions, make and supply copies of copyright works to persons for the purposes of research or private study or to other libraries or archives requiring copies of such works for reference purposes or to replace lost or damaged items in their