UK libraries will be able to lend CDs from the date they are made available for sale next year, under a new six-month trial agreement between the BPI and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
The new licence agreement commences on January 1 2013 and will temporarily suspend an agreement which held back the availability of CDs to libraries for three months after their release date.
The impact of the trial will be assessed before the end of the six-month period.
“The arrangement demonstrates the flexibility of copyright,” said BPI general counsel Kiaron Whitehead.
“It enables public libraries to test the demand of customers to lend CDs at the same time they are released for sale.”
Phil Bradley, CILIP president added: “CILIP believes fiercely in the need for libraries to be able to give users exactly what they want.
"In a world where instant downloads, Spotify and streaming are the norm; we hope that this new agreement will help to do that. We will monitor this six-month trial closely, andif successful we hope to make it permanent”