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

Modernising Copyright

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:

• flexible in removing certain barriers to using copyright works, and thus supporting innovation and
• modern in dealing better with the challenges of current and future te chnologies; and
• robust in ensuring there continue to be appropriate incentives for creators and rights holders to carry
on investing in the UK, as they do so successfully at the moment.

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,, 04.02.13).

Hargreaves comments on Government copyright reforms:  Hargreaves generally supportive, but questions limitations to private copying exception.  (Source: Out-Law,, 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,, 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, 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,, 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, 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,, 01.02.13).

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