Report calls for overhaul of UK copyright law
Posted in: Government & Policy at 17/05/2011 18:16
The Hargreaves report on intellectual property is to recommend setting up a 'digital exchange' for the clearance of copyright, as well as legalising the 'ripping' of CDs to digital devices
The government is to be urged to relax UK intellectual property laws to make it easier for people's work to be parodied, potentially paving the way for the more robust humour seen in US programmes such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Professor Ian Hargreaves' wide-ranging report on intellectual property will recommend that the government scrap strict laws on parody that often deter comedians and other content creators - including those who make videos for internet services such as YouTube - from caricaturing people's work without permission.
Vince Cable to back copyright law reform
Vince Cable, the business secretary, will on Wednesday give cabinet-level support to a report calling for a wide-ranging overhaul of the UK's intellectual property and copyright laws.
The minister is expected to endorse the major recommendations of Professor Ian Hargreaves's review into copyright, which is due to be published on Wednesday, in a speech to be delivered at a conference run by the Alliance Against IP Theft.
Hargreaves Report will call for an online copyright exchange system, say reports
People and companies will be able to exchange the rights for using copyright material online if new changes to UK copyright law are implemented, according to a newspaper report.
Professor Ian Hargreaves, who was asked by the Government to conduct a review of intellectual property (IP) law, will call for a digital rights exchange when his report is published later this week, according to a report in the Financial Times (FT).
Hargreaves review gives copyright law digital makeover
A review of the UK's copyright laws offers reforms but not the radical overhaul demanded by some.
The Hargreaves Report was requested by David Cameron amid concerns that current legislation was outdated in the internet age.
Its author, Professor Ian Hargreaves, recommends legalising the practice of copying music and films.
Other suggestions include relaxing the rules on parodies and other reworkings of existing content.