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Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003


7.The Act has 17 sections: sections 1-3 set out the duty to deposit and the method of enforcing that duty; sections 4 and 5 preserve the existing framework set out in section 15 of the Copyright Act 1911 regarding print; sections 6 - 8 set out the framework for non-print publications; sections 9 and 10 deal with exemptions from liability for the publishers and the libraries; sections 11 – 13 deal with the making of regulations. The final sections deal with general matters of interpretation (section 14), consequential amendments, repeals and revocations (section 15), commencement and extent (section 16) and short title (section 17).

8.The Act does not confer functions directly on the National Assembly for Wales, but section 12 requires the Secretary of State to obtain the consent of the Assembly or of the Scottish Ministers for some purposes, or to consult them, and section 16 requires the Secretary of State to consult them before bringing provisions of the Act into force (see paragraphs 33, 34 and 39).

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