This week sees the publication of the UK’s Hargreaves Report on Intellectual Property – the review of IP laws led by Professor Ian Hargreaves, and announced earlier this year by Prime Minister David Cameron. The Financial Times appears to have got the scoop on one of the report’s key recommendations: a digital rights exchange to act as ‘a one-stop online shop for clearing the use of copyright content’. The idea was originally mooted before the original Digital Britain report, but rejected before its publication. The FT has quotes from Hargreaves’ report. “The prize is to build on the UK’s current competitive advantage in creative content to become a leader in licensing services for global content markets; in short to make the UK the best place in the world to do business in digital content.” The report suggests that the government should leave it to the industry to set up the exchange, but appoint a ‘digital tsar’ to oversee its design and implementation, while courting rightsholders.

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