When Jared and Kirsten Maughan's daughter complained there were swear words in the book she had been reading in the school library, her parents decided to develop Clean Reader, an e-reader app which, according to its authors, allows the user to elect three different levels of reading: Clean, Cleaner and Squeaky Clean, rather than what the author put there. But does the Clean Reader breach the author's copyright and moral rights?
When the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Quotation and Parody) Regulations 2014 come into effect on 1 June 2014, the UK will become one of the first countries in the EEA explicitly to legalise "fair dealing" with a copyright work for the purpose of "caricature, parody or pastiche".
On 1 June 2014 format shifting becomes legal in the UK. People will be allowed to make a reasonable number of copies of works which they own, but only for private, non-commercial reasons. No longer will consumers who back up their ebooks or copy songs from their CD collection to an MP3 player be infringing copyright. The rights are not limited to works in digital form, although the new exception excludes computer programs, which have a separate regime authorising back-ups.