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UK government publishes consultation on copyright changes


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Yesterday, the UK government launched its consultation on proposals to modernise the copyright system, following recommendations in the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth earlier this year. The proposals include creating an exception to allow limited acts of private copying, an exception for parody and pastiche, establishing licence and clearance procedures for orphan works, and a provision for ‘voluntary extended collective licensing schemes’ to make it easier for digital services to license copyrighted works. UK Music has welcomed the private copying exception, but criticised the wider changes and the government’s belief that they will provide economic growth of up to £7.9bn a year. “From the evidence presented so far, UK Music believes that these growth projections are overstated and unrealistic, and are based upon underlying assumptions that are deeply flawed,” says its statement. “Added to this is a very real danger that poorly targeted or ideologically driven changes to copyright law could instead undermine growth, both for the UK’s creative sector and those digital businesses dependent upon our valuable content.”

Music Ally

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