About this website
This website has been developed by The Stationers’ Company, in the 300th anniversary year of the Statute of Anne, to inform the debate on the future of copyright in the digital age. We believe that, while the rights of rightsowners need to evolve in line with the times, nevertheless copyright is still the bedrock on which creative industries are based. As you can read in the pages this site contains, that is about 10 percent of the UK economy: all based on a concept evolved through 153 years of effort by the Stationers’ Company before being encapsulated in a visionary piece of legislation in the name of Queen Anne enacted in April 1710.
However we have not been constrained by any “Stationers’ Company view” and have invited submissions from a wide range of opinion – and continue to do so. If you would like to contribute an article for inclusion, please complete a comment form.
The primary purpose of this site is to inform the debate on the future of copyright in the digital age: a professional resource for those seeking information on the importance and value of Copyright to the UK’s Creative Industries and to promote understanding of the importance of those industries and their reliance on their ability to “own” intellectual property through copyright legislation.
The site contains articles and submissions by leading industry practitioners, lawyers and academics with practical experience of the importance of Copyright in the UK as well as those at the “sharp end” as publishers and producers. It reflects the challenges to be faced with the development of the digital usage of copyright material.
It will help to inform all who work in or have interest in the protection of intellectual property whether they be working as producers in the sector, as legislators, academics, professional commentators or as students.
We welcome your comments and your contributions.
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