Tue, 13/04/2010 - 10:51
The Publishers Association has welcomed both the Labour and Conservative parties' pledge to keep VAT off books, but has also stressed the importance of removing tax on books "regardless of the format".
In its manifesto published yesterday (12th April), the Labour party said: "...
Mon, 12/04/2010 - 15:23
The Labour Party has renewed its pledge not to extend VAT to books in its manifesto published today (12th April). In the run up to the election, which will take place on 6th May, both the Labour and Conservative parties have ruled out adding tax to printed books.
The Labour manifesto, released today, said: "We renew our pledge not...
Fri, 09/04/2010 - 06:45
The Publishers Association has applauded the cross-party backing of the Digital Economy Bill, which was passed late on Wednesday night, with ministers voting overwhelmingly in favour of it - 189 votes to 47.
However the trade body has lamented the loss of the clause dealing with orphan works, describing it as "a missed opportunity...
Thu, 08/04/2010 - 08:04
The Conservative party has pledged not to add tax to books if it is elected come 6th May. Questions have been raised over VAT after the Tories said they would not raise National Insurance contributions. But shadow culture minister Ed Vaizey said: "We have absolutely no plans to put VAT on books. I know that VAT on e-books is an issue for...
Wed, 07/04/2010 - 11:12
Proposals to cut success fees charged by lawyers in libel cases will not be approved this side of the general election, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson confirmed this morning that the proposals - which aim to reduce the number of "no win no fee" cases brought against writers and...
Wed, 07/04/2010 - 09:50
Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw made a last impassioned plea for ministers to pass the Digital Economy Bill in the House of Commons yesterday (6th April), warning that if policy makers did not "do something" about unlawful file-sharing "such activity...will pose a serious threat to our creative sectors and Britain's leadership...
Wed, 31/03/2010 - 08:50
A handful of MPs have voted against the passing of new libel laws intended to reform the system under which lawyers can claim success fees in England and Wales.
According to the Daily Mail, the vote, taken last night, saw...
Wed, 24/03/2010 - 15:48
The Conservative opposition has welcomed yesterday's announcement by the government confirming libel law is being reformed, but said it would act faster if it were in power now.
The shadow justice secretary, Dominic Grieve said in a statement: "We welcome the announcement, but proposals for another review mean nothing will be...
Tue, 23/03/2010 - 13:12
The Publishers Association has backed the need for "urgent" reform of English libel laws, which the Ministry of Justice today (23rd March) pledged to "take forward in the next parliament".
Justice secretary Jack Straw said in an announcement that new legislation would be enacted to tackle libel tourism and provide...
Mon, 08/03/2010 - 08:39
The Digital Economy Bill is likely to be pushed through before the general election to ensure the controversial changes are made law before a likely change of government, the Guardian is reporting.
Citing "senior media industry figures", although quoting just one anonymous source, the newspaper said the bill "will become...