[A2k] UK IP Report is out

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Wed May 18 06:13:09 PDT 2011

Michael Geist:
UK IP Report Recommends Creating New Copyright Exceptions, Warns
Against Over Regulation
by Michael Geist on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 12:11am
The much-anticipated UK Independent Review of IP and Growth, typically
referred to as the Hargreaves report, was released this morning. The
report focuses on how intellectual property laws can stifle innovation
and urges the UK government to enact reforms that remove legal
barriers to economic growth (James Boyle, who served as expert advisor
to the review, gives his take here). For example, it notes:

Because IPRs grant a form of monopoly, an overly rigid and inflexible
IP framework can act as a barrier to innovation. When a firm has
acquired exclusive rights over its innovative technology or content,
other firms will be able to learn from that technology or see the
content, but may be unable to use them for further innovation unless
licensing can be agreed. IPRs can constrain third parties wishing to
access or innovate on top of this protected knowledge or content, with
potentially serious economic and social costs.

The report also notes that a considerable amount of IP policy is often
not based on economic evidence, citing as examples the EU database
directive and the extension of the term of copyright.
end of quote

the report is here:

One of he recommendation is on Orphan works.
The Government should legislate to enable licensing of orphan works.
This should establish extended collective licensing for mass licensing
of orphan works, and a clearance procedure for use of individual
works. In both cases, a work should only be treated as an orphan if it
cannot be found by search of the databases involved in the proposed
Digital Copyright Exchange

Manon Anne Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
1621 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009 USA
manon.ress at keionline.org

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