Commons Committee warns against diluting IP rights
The Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee recognises the extraordinary success of the UK’s creative industries but warns that this may be jeopardised by any dilution of intellectual property rights and the failure to tackle online piracy. The Committee also “strongly condemns” the “notable” failure of Google in particular to tackle access of copyright infringing websites through its search engine.
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The Committee says that such illegal piracy, combined with proposals arising from the Hargreaves review to introduce copyright exceptions, and a failure to strengthen copyright enforcement along the lines envisaged by the Digital Economy Act 2010, together threaten the livelihoods of the individuals and industries that together contribute over £36 billion annually to the UK economy. The Committee says “this cannot be allowed to happen”.
It also says the Olympics No Marketing Rights scheme is excessively restrictive and is preventing British creative companies from realising the benefits they deserve from the Olympic legacy.
The Committee calls for:
- a central champion of Intellectual Property (IP) in Government to promote and protect the interests of UK IP
- the maximum penalty for serious online IP theft to be increased to 10 years imprisonment, to bring it into line with the punishment for such offences in the physical world
- much more evidence and scrutiny before any exceptions to copyright such as those envisioned in the Hargreaves review are applied, and says a private copying exemption for AV content is not justified
- the Government to redouble efforts to ensure that the video games tax credit is approved by the European Commission and introduced as soon as possible: current delays are harmful to the industry
- reforms to the income tax and tax reliefs systems to adequately recognise the freelance nature of much creative work
- Greater recognition of the importance of arts subjects in the curriculum