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Govt targets 'consistency' with Public Lending Rights extension

19th August 2009

The government hopes to bring non-print published material under the same category as books with its Public Lending Rights extension proposals, it has been claimed.

The plans will bring the loan of audio and e-books under the same rules as printed and bound books in public libraries.

Deputy head of news for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Toby Sargent explained that the publishing industry is 'moving very quickly indeed'.

However, he conceded that the government cannot necessarily keep up with the momentum in new publication media, such as e-books.

Mr Sargent said: 'The reason we're consulting is to establish whether or not [bringing non-books in line with print] is a feasible thing.

'When you're dealing with new technology and new ways of doing things ... you have to test them very thoroughly to make sure you're not actually creating a whole string of anomalies and loopholes.'

One possible problem that the consultation intends to address is the potential affect the extension will have on protection rights holders.

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