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UK to review its IP laws?
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- From: "John Cox" <John.E.Cox@btinternet.com>
- Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 19:21:52 EST
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We have been here before. In 2006 the previous government commissioned the Gower Review of Intellectual Property, which reported late in 2006. Prime Minister Cameron's announcement does not presage immediate reform. What was important in his announcement was that a six-month review has been commissioned, to be led by Prof Ian Hargreaves. It will be an independent review. Given the state of the economy, it will look at aspects of intellectual property law that inhibit economic growth, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which tend to drive growth and employment. The review will report in April 2011. What it will say is anybody's guess. The last UK copyright statute was the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. A number of changes have been made to copyright law since then, by way of regulation made under the powers granted by that Act. It is unlikely that a new statute will result from the review, but there may be changes to aspects of the law. At the moment, any use of any copyright material 'for commercial purposes' (even by charities; the test is the purpose of the copying, not the status of the copier) falls outside what we call 'fair dealing' and 'library privilege'. This aspect of the exceptions to copyright may be addressed. However, this is all speculation. Traditionally, the balance of interest between copyright owners and copyright users has been less generous to users that the US concept of 'fair use'. Striking that balance is always difficult and controversial. If the Hargreaves recommendations call for an extension of copyright exceptions, that will be a radical change. John Cox Managing Director John Cox Associates Ltd Rookwood, Bradden Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 8ED United Kingdom E-mail: John.E.Cox@btinternet.com Web: www.johncoxassociates.com -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Okerson, Ann Sent: 08 November 2010 23:27 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: UK to review its IP laws? For interest, see the following. Will the UK really revise copyright law to this extent? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11695416 Ann Okerson/Yale Library
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