The Joint Committee on Legal Deposit issued the following statement on 7 February 2013:
'On 28 January, the Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013 were laid before [the UK] Parliament.
'The regulations seek to ensure that the legal deposit libraries (LDLS) can provide a national archive of the UK's non-print published material, such as websites, blogs, e-journals and e-books in a way that does not prejudice publishers' commercial interests and that respects copyright ownership.
'In doing so, they address the important challenge of preserving the nation's digital heritage for future generations. Researchers of the future will be able to study and analyse a comprehensive source of material within LDLs which accurately reflects UK society today.
'Libraries and publishers have worked collaboratively, through the Joint Committee on Legal Deposit, to establish the principle and content of the regulations. They will be implemented in April this year, at which point the archiving of our digital heritage by LDLs can begin in earnest.'
- Read the Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013 (PDF) (13 pages) on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport website.
The joint committee consists of:
- The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
- The Bodleian Library
- The British Library
- Cambridge University Library
- The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers
- The National Library of Scotland
- The National Library of Wales
- The Newspaper Publishers Association
- The Newspaper Society
- The Professional Publishers Association
- The Publishers Association
- The Publishers Content Forum
- Trinity College Dublin.