Richard Hooper has published a feasibility study into a Digital Copyright Exchange (DCE) in the UK, which aims to provide a “one-stop shop” database of copyright data to help companies launching new digital content services. It’s a first-phase report – the final thing is due in July – which Hooper says will “drive economic growth across the UK’s creative and technology industries”. Key music bodies in the UK have reacted warmly. “We support the overall conclusion of the Study that whilst the licensing of digital music is more advanced in the UK than in most other countries, a voluntary and industry-led DCE could help to further enhance transparency and efficiency,” says the BPI’s Geoff Taylor in a statement. “We welcome the acknowledgement that rights owners should remain free to choose the way in which they license their creative works.” UK Music boss Jo Dipple praised Hooper’s “thoughtful and methodical approach” and says her organisation is keen to “highlight existing industry initiatives” to improve music licensing in pgase two of the study.

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