A review of copyright laws in the United Kingdom recommends that the government makes some serious changes that work in the digital age we now live in. A new report, requested by PM David Cameron who had concerns that current copyright laws had become outdated, has been released and it recommend some changes that the music, movie and other entertainment industries might find horrific.
The report penned by Professor Ian Hargreaves of Cardiff University suggests legalizing the practice of copying music and films. It also calls for a special agency to be set up (a Digital Copyright Exchange) to handle mediation between rights holders and those that want to license content. Other suggestions include loosening rules on fair use, parodies and other uses of content.
"My recommendations set out how the intellectual property framework can promote innovation and economic growth in the UK economy," said Hargreaves. "They are designed to enhance the economic potential of the UK's creative industries and to ensure that the emergence of high technology businesses, especially smaller businesses, in other sectors are not impeded by our IP laws."
On the Digital Copyright Exchange, Hargreaves calls for a senior figure to serve as the top mediator. Many of the reforms listed in this new report gad already been suggested in the 2006 Gowers Review of Intellectual Property. Obviously these recommendations were not implemented.
Content producers and free software advocates in the country support the proposals, with some urging the government to implement them as soon as possible.