Copyright in the Digital Age

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●     New EU Copyright Act takes another step

●     Filesharing highlights collision of free speech and copyright

●     Introduction to Collective Licensing seminars

●     Brexit and the realpolitik of trade agreements

●     Three post graduate bursaries in copyright

●     Orphan Works Database given user approval

●     Seven-year-olds given copyright lessons to curb online piracy

●     Why Europe’s New Copyright Proposals Are Bad News for the Internet

●     ‘EU copyright legislation will not change in UK after Brexit’ argues Kaye

●     EU copyright reform proposals “sensible” say publishers

●     Publishers stress importance of Robust Copyright Regime Post Brexit

●     Congratulations to Dr. Aislinn O’Connell

●     Fit for Change? Copyright for Publishers in the Digital Age – Abstract/Intro

●     Copyright thesis – Chapter 1 Literature Review

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 2 – A Historical investigation of copyright

●     Copyright Thesis Chapter 3 – Legal Investigation

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 4 – Blocking initiatives

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 5 – Copyright and the UK Economy

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 6 – The Hargreaves Exceptions

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 7 – Alternative approaches

●     Copyright thesis – Conclusions

●     Index, List of Abbreviations, Tables of Cases & Legislation, Bibliography, Appendices 1&2

●     World Book and Copyright Day

●     EU’s new action plan for copyright and digital platforms

●     Google News Leaves Spain

●     Exceptions impact on business: air your views on 20 October 2014

●     Last Copyright Exceptions Come Into Force Today

●     Copyright and the UK Economy

●     Copyright Briefing – July 14

●     Culture of the Public Domain – A Good Thing?

●     An Employment Focus on the Creative Industries

●     Copyright exceptions back on track

●     Exceptions Update

●     LBF14 – Day 2

●     LBF14 – Day 1

●     New Director for Copyright and Enforcement Speaks

●     Copyright and the Future of Global Content Industries

●     Commons Committee warns against diluting IP rights

●     CLSG Launch Report: Streamlining Copyright Licensing for the Digital Age

●     IPso FACTo debate at Stationers Company

●     Publishers Launch Global Exchange on Copyright

●     Funding given to kick-start Copyright Hub

●     IPO thoughts on copyright and the economic effects of parody

●     Modernising copyright – February 2013

●     Stationers and UCL in joint copyright research initiative for communications and content industries

●     Government publishes proposals for changes to UK copyright

●     Stationers offer bursary to copyright research student

●     Hooper recommends UK Copyright Hub

●     Copyright adds extra £3 billion to national accounts

●     Hargreaves warned on damaging UK creative industries

Hargreaves Report:  Government implementation plan awaited

1 July 2011

Government response is awaited to the Hargreaves report on copyright on which industry response has been cautious since publication on 18 May 2011. Andrew Yeates, IP Advisor to the PPA, summarises the report’s findings thus:

The Review’s specific recommendations would support growth of the UK’s increasingly intangibles intensive economy. This requires:

an efficient digital copyright licensing system, where nothing is unusable because the rights owner cannot be found;

an approach to exceptions in copyright which encourages successful new digital technology businesses both within and beyond the creative industries;

a patent system capable of preventing heavy demand for patents causing serious barriers to market entry in critical technologies;

reliable and affordable advice for smaller companies, to enable them to thrive in the IP intensive parts of the UK economy;

refreshed institutional governance of the UK’s IP system which enables it to adapt organically to change in technology and markets.

PPA’s response and summary can found at:

Response to Hargreaves Review

The Hargreaves Review has suggested changes to the UK’s Intellectual Property framework. Find out what it means for you.

The full report can be viewd at The full report can be viewed at

In a joint submission, the Newspaper Society and the Newspaper Publishers Association point out that UK newspaper publishers invest over £1bn per annum in developing high quality content which is republished across a multiplicity of distribution platforms.

They argue that this investment must be underpinned by effective legal protection so that publishers can be confident of their ability to use and disseminate the content created by them and their employees in any appropriate way, allowing the freedom to innovate and develop.

The joint NS and NPA submission can be viewed at

Newspaper Industry Responds To Hargreaves’ Review

Laurence Kaye, Principal, Laurence Kaye Solicitors, has published the following:

Hargreaves Review of IP published today

Posted: 18 May 2011 08:40 AM PDT

Dear reader

The Hargreaves Report was published today: Download A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth (2). You can also read the IP Minister’s accompanying message here: Download Message from Baroness Wilcox Minister for Intellectual Property. The the team led by Professor Hargreaves are to be congratulated for delivering the Report virtually on time.

The Report is over 100 pages and, in addition to proposed changes to UK copyright law, will also set the tone for the UK’s approach to legislative change at a European level, notably in respect of the proposed solution for ‘orphan works’ based on diligent search and collective licensing.

Big caveat: I have only had time to take a very quick glimpse at what is a very important body of work, which of course goes well beyond copyright to other areas of IP. With that caveat, here are some ‘topline’ comments.

Broadly, the Hargreaves Report will be welcomed by the creative industries, but there are some real concerns, if not devils, in the detail on copyright law. ‘21st century licensing’ is the focus of its proposed changes to copyright, where the aim is to make the system work in line with current technology. Dealing with orphan works, cross-border licensing and its proposal for a Digital Copyright Exchange all come within this category.

That said, there are some important changes proposed to copyright exceptions, including a limited ‘format shifting’ exception for private non-commercial purposes and a proposed exception for parody. There are some other changes to copyright exceptions proposed as well, picking up from the Gowers Report and a significant proposed, and potentially controversial one, for ‘data mining’ and also recommendations about extended collective licensing. Importantly, the Hargreaves Report rejects the Google-inspired idea of importing the US ‘fair dealing’ exception into UK copyright law.

A more detailed analysis will follow, weighing ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ across the copyright spectrum.

Enjoy reading.


Laurie Kaye

An excellent  article is published on FT.Com.


By Maija Palmer, Technology Correspondent Published: May 18 2011 11:52 | Last updated: May 18 2011 14:05

The UK’s copyright laws need to be overhauled to encourage innovation and economic growth, according to a government-commissioned report published on Wednesday.

However, such reforms would stop short of adopting a US-style “fair use” policy, which allows limited use of copyright material without permission from the owners.

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