25 September 2013
CLSG Launch Report: Streamlining Copyright Licensing for the Digital Age
The Copyright Licensing Steering Group(CLSG) today launched a report describing the progress made in implementing the recommendations of Richard Hooper and Dr Ros Lynch’s 2012 report ‘Copyright Works – Streamlining Copyright Licensing for the Digital Age’. The new report, entitled ‘Streamlining Copyright Licensing for the Digital Age’, was launched at a reception today at the Law Society. It is available on the CLSG website here. Also launched at the event was UK Music’s report ‘A Year of Innovation Licensing Works: a Report by the Music Industry’ (available here).
Speakers James Lancaster (Chair of the CLSG), Ros Lynch and Richard Hooper detailed the strides made towards achieving the aims of the report.
The CLSG was created in the wake of Hooper and Lynch’s report to implement the recommendations, and the report details the progress made towards that implementation over the past twelve months.
It was noted that the CLSG is unique in many ways in that it is industry-led and funded, although the copyright hub was funded also by the IPO, and is one of the first initiatives which unites people from across a variety of content creation industries.
Dr Lynch spoke about the strides made in the last year:
- The launch of a pilot phase of the Copyright Hub in July
- The publication of a Voluntary Code of Practice for creating and retaining metadata in images
- The development of a range of initiatives to streamline the licensing landscape for educational establishments
- The planned introduction of two new joint music licences from PPL and PRS for Music
- New digital music licensing initiatives for start-ups and app developers
- Progress on the adoption and inter-operability of common data standards
She also pointed out that each of the six workstreams has published their own reports on the particular progress in their area. All the reports can be found on the CLSG website, CLSG.info
Richard Hooper then discussed the future plans for the CLSG, which will continue its spirit of continued cross-sector collaboration focused on further streamlining of copyright licensing. The first step of this is, of course, selecting a Chief Executive for the Copyright Hub, applications for which closed on Monday. Second, then, is the loss of Dr Lynch, who has finished her secondment. Richard Hooper paid tribute to the Batman to his Robin with a moving and witty display of his poetic skills.
The future for the Copyright Hub looks bright. In the next twelve months it is set to come into greater focus, becoming the ‘mother ship’, as it were, with an Advisory Committee supporting and advising the newly formed Copyright Hub board. As such, the CLSG as an entity will largely cease to exist. The Hub is also going to begin to make the move towards becoming self-financing.
The Hub is two things – a portal, a website, for easier licensing and registration, and also a forum for collaboration between the creative industries. With the support of an advisory committee, a new CEO at the helm and Richard Hooper as Chairman of the reformed Hub Board, the progress made over the last twelve months looks set to continue into the next twelve.
Streamlining copyright licensing is a task which will never end. As Richard Hooper and Ros Lynch said in their report: “like innovation or modernisation, it never has an end point.” The continued work of the Copyright Hub, however, looks like it will aid copyright licensing in continuing to evolve to support the needs of consumers and creators alike.