The UK’s copyright laws have recently undergone a review but reports suggest that whilst reforms have been put forward, a radical overhaul is yet to happen.
The review, conducted by Professor Ian Hargreaves, was requested by the Prime Minister after concerns arose that the current system was outdated in line with the internet age.
Hargreaves’ report recommends legalising the practice of copying files such as music and films.
Interestingly, it also seeks to relax the rules around works such as parodies or other re-worked content.
There are also calls for the creation of an agency, with the aim to mediate between those wanting to licence digital content e.g. music and film and the rights owners themselves.
The recommended changes have been designed to promote the innovation of creative industries and encourage economic growth in the UK.
Hargreaves stated the aim ‘is to ensure that the emergence of high technology businesses, especially smaller businesses, in other sectors are not impeded by our IP laws.’
Many of the reforms recommended had previously been suggested in the 2006 Gowers Review of Intellectual Property but have never been implemented.
It remains to be seen if the reforms are put in to practice in the near future.