The culture minister, Margaret Hodge, is attempting to push through legal powers that would allow the British Library...
to archive UK websites, The Guardian has reported today.
According to the newspaper, Hodge is pressing for the faster introduction of powers to allow six major libraries to copy every free website based in the UK as part of their efforts to record Britain's cultural, scientific and political history.
Since 2004, the British Library has been selectively archiving websites from the UK domain which it considers to have research value and those that are representative of the British social history and cultural heritage.
The British Library aims to build a comprehensive web archive as part of its digital collection to preserve the archive so that it remains accessible in the future. However, according to The Guardian, its efforts have been hampered by a lack of a legal framework, similar to copyright law, which requires publishers to provide libraries with copies of published books.