UK copyright exceptions under fire
The UK government could face a legal challenge over its plans to give consumers more freedom to use copyright material
A consortium of IP owners including Associated Press, Getty
Images and Reuters wrote to business secretary Vince Cable
earlier this month to urge him to rethink proposals to widen
exceptions in the UK’s copyright laws. The
proposals, announced just four days before Christmas, are part
of the government’s response to recommendations
made by Ian Hargreaves in his report on intellectual property and
The IP owners, who call themselves the International Media
& Archive Consortium, have three key concerns. The first is
that widening exceptions to copyright will remove opportunities
for creators to be paid for their work. Another proposal to
shorten the life of copyright will have the same effect, they
say. Although they acknowledge that government intends this
shortening of copyright to apply only to old content to enable
its digitisation, they say...
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