UK Govt Should Ignore the Copyright Lobby, Report Says

A Government commissioned report has reviewed the current state UK copyright law.

The review carried out by Professor Ian Hargreaves and a team of experts was published today. One of the main conclusions is that copyright laws have to adopt to the digital age.

Among other things, this means that copying for personal use should not be illegal.

The report further suggests that legislation shouldn’t be the result lobbying efforts, but the result of objective evidence.

“Our intellectual property framework will face further significant pressure to adapt in the coming years, as we make our way into the third decade of the commercial internet,” Hargreaves writes in his foreword.

“We urge Government to ensure that in future, policy on Intellectual Property issues is constructed on the basis of evidence, rather than weight of lobbying,” Hargreaves adds.

Further coverage of the report is available here.


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