THE UNITED KINGDOM'S LEGAL DEPOSIT LIBRARIES ACT 2003

The Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (citation 2003 c. 28) which requires the deposit in the British Library of items published and distributed in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This Act was passed to update existing legislation on legal deposit to reflect the digital age. The 2003 Act introduces new provisions for the deposit of non-print publications such as CD-ROMs and copies of websites. This article provides an overview of the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the definition of a publisher under the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003?
What must publishers deposit under the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003?
What categories of publications are exempted from the Legal Deposit regulations?
Where are the publications recorded?
Do sound recordings come under the provisions of the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003?

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