IPO report February 2013….Media companies question reform….Hargreaves comments on government reforms….EU take on private copy levy….copyright in the digital boom….Lords back photographers….Google’s £60m war chest
With so much happening in the world of copyright just now, an update seemed timely. One focus for debate is the UK Intellectual Property Office publication “Modernising Copyright” in which the IPO asserts that the UK needs to adapt its strong but rigid framework for copyright into one that is modern, robust and flexible:
To downloaded the report, click Modernising Copyright – a modern robust and flexible framework – Government response
Media companies question copyright reform: Cory Doctorow makes the case for fair dealing and claims that copyright enforcement is sometimes at odds with plagiarism detection: (Source: The Guardian, http://bit.ly/11At57I, 04.02.13).
Hargreaves comments on Government copyright reforms: Hargreaves generally supportive, but questions limitations to private copying exception. (Source: Out-Law, http://bit.ly/VyAflX, 01.02.2013).
EU makes private copying levy recommedations: António Vitorino (former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs) has presented his recommendations to Commissioner Barnier. (Source 1709 blog, http://bit.ly/14MhxOo, 01.02.12)
New look at copyright key to digital boom: This opinion piece follows up on the launch of CREATe, the University of Glasgow copyright research centre: (Source: The Scotsman http://bit.ly/14yAbt5, 31.01.13).
Photographers receive Lords support – Crossbench party member Lord Greenway vocalised the worst fears of photographers and picture agencies – that changes to copyright law would jeopardise their livelihoods and rights. (Source: BJP, http://bit.ly/Wp4QX8, 04.02.13).German proposal for search engines to pay: Google is objecting to a law change in Germany that would strengthen copyright law for press publishers. (Source: TechCrunch, http://tcrn.ch/11jZd0p 30.01.13).
Google creates €60 million fund, settles with French publishers: Google agrees to help them increase revenue through online ads a “digital publishing innovation fund. (Source: CNET, http://cnet.co/XF8hWY, 01.02.13).