Simpsons Solicitors

British PM announces review of copyright

December 20th 2010

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced a review of the country’s intellectual property law – focusing on copyright – with review recommendations due in April 2011.

In making the announcement the PM pointed to the ‘fair use’ copyright provisions in the United States as a possible model for reform: “Over there, they have what are called ‘fair use’ provisions, which some people believe gives companies more breathing space to create new products and services. So I can announce today that we are reviewing our IP laws, to see if we can make them fit for the Internet age. I want to encourage the sort of creative innovation that exists in America.”

The review will examine a range of access questions in relation to copyright, including what were described in the announcement as “the high costs” associated with obtaining permission to use copyright works.

More information about this news alert at: http://www.copyright.org.au/news-and-policy/details/id/1860/

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