U.K. Copyright Panel Urges Broad Exceptions to Copyright Regime of Fear

We failed to share with you last month's Ars Technica wonderful summary of Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth . Among the highlights: "We urge Government to ensure that in future, policy on Intellectual Property issues is constructed on the basis of evidence, rather than weight of lobbying." "On copyright issues, lobbying on behalf of rights owners has been more persuasive to Ministers than economic impact assessments." And more as set out in the AT post: "Chapter Five is the "must read" section of the report. It urges the UK to more fully embrace to concept of "copyright exceptions," most notably news reporting, format shifting, research, archiving, and criticism. ….Hargreaves goes even further, asking his government to consider exceptions for private copying (or "performances" in the US) and parody. "And the exception for archiving falls well short of current needs," he adds. "Nor does the UK allow its great libraries to archive all digital copyright material, with the result that much of it is rotting away."" Share on Facebook

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