MPs have Missed the Mark in Attacking Copyright Reform

University of Cardiff’s Ian Hargreaves was the author of what is commonly known as to as the Hargreaves Review, a 2011 report on intellectual property and growth that was referred to extensively in the recent House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s report on the Creative Economy. In this post he responds to the MP’s report saying the current […]

October 1st, 2013|Copyright, Guest Blog|1 Comment|

Can the Creative Industry Adapt to Change?

The recent Supporting the creative economy report of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, laments the UK Government’s systemic failure to enforce copyright infringement law. It also ‘condemns’ Google for failing to block copyright infringing websites, and asks for a maximum 10 year imprisonment penalty for online copyright infringers. This is tough language.  The Committee takes the […]

September 30th, 2013|Copyright|0 Comments|
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    Government Needs to Step up its Response to the Information Age

Government Needs to Step up its Response to the Information Age

‘Open data’ is a hot topic. The EC is currently consulting on best ways to open public data, and Policy Exchange’s recent report discusses some of the cost savings that could result at the UK level. In this guest post, Justine Stephen, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government, discusses some of the report’s key recommendations for efficiently digitising government records and […]

A Wave of Fresh Air in Copyright Regulation?

Loreto Corredoira, Professor of Communication Law at Complutense University of Madrid, shares some initial observations from a wider research project[1] looking at the evolution of legal and political IP regimes at both international and national levels. She argues that there is potential for European countries to adopt new approaches to protect content industries, focusing more on user rights, fair use […]

Shiver me timbers! Is the torrent site blockade working or have those pesky pirates circumnavigated their way around it?

Are efforts to combat torrent sites backfiring? Anti-piracy consultant James Brandes explains that alternative URLs and VPNs are enabling piracy sites to circumvent blocking by authorities, whilst also making anti-piracy campaigns far more difficult for those authorities to coordinate.

Following the high profile blocks of torrent sites in the UK such as The Pirate Bay, KickAssTorrents, Fenopy & H33t, several UK internet service […]

Not to Miss: EU Consultation on Freedom of Expression

By the end of this year the European Commission intends to publish guidelines on freedom of expression online and offline. This is one of the actions planned as part of the EU’s Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy. The consultation designed to lead to this draft closes on 15 July. The timing is bad with many of us in […]

Just released – UK Statutory Exceptions for Education, Libraries & Research

The IPO is consulting on new exceptions to the UK’s copyright framework — Will these latest proposals make it easier for students to use course packs and perform research? Emily Goodhand of the University of Reading and manager of the Copyright For Education blog reviews the proposed changes and notes their potential for promoting teaching and learning within the UK’s […]

Moving beyond the copyright ‘crisis’

Content producers often lament over how the Internet has undermined copyright. Yet others question whether content owners are manufacturing a crisis that no longer exists. LSE’s Hélène de Chalambert reflects on the debate, and suggests that successful content owners are innovating and moving beyond narrow views of copyright infringement.

Intellectual property and policy is in a ‘transformation phase’, says Dr […]

May 21st, 2013|Copyright|0 Comments|

Human Rights Law Might not be the Answer: Response to Article 19’s Principles on Copyright

On 23 April Article 19 published its Principles on Copyright and Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age. Anne Barron of the LSE Department of Law argues that while the Principles translate international human rights norms into useful arguments against the further erosion of Internet freedom by beefed-up copyrights, they may also pre-empt more radical options for re-thinking the […]

Online Distribution Could Mean Income for UK Creatives, if Copyright Issues are Resolved

On the 9th of May a public event at the LSE entitled The Theft of Creative Content: Copyright in Crisis will bring together industry experts to discuss the future of music copyright in the digital distribution society we find ourselves in. Andrew Murray, Professor in Law at the LSE, explains that legal music streaming sites, a distribution model with a lot to offer musicians, […]