Christian Engström, Pirat

6 november 2010

Cameron will review UK copyright laws

Filed under: Copyright Reform,English,informationspolitik — Christian Engström @ 11:42

Britain will review its copyright laws, the BBC reports

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the UK intellectual property laws are to be reviewed to ”make them fit for the internet age,” the BBC reports:

The six month review will look at what the UK can learn from US rules on the use of copyright material without the rights holder’s permission.

It will also look at removing some of the potential barriers that stand in the way of new internet-based business models, such as the cost of obtaining permission from rights holders and the cost and complexity of enforcing intellectual property rights in the UK and internationally.

It will also look at the interaction between intellectual property and competition law – and how to make it easier for small businesses to protect and exploit their intellectual property.

The review, which will report next April, will recommend changes to UK law, as well as long-term goals to be pursued by the British government on the international stage.


The announcement was welcomed by internet freedom campaigners, who said the government had to redress the balance after the controversial Digital Economy Bill, which gives copyright holders the power to block access to websites hosting illegal content.

”It is long overdue. Some of our copyright laws are frankly preposterous,” Jim Killock, of the Open Rights Group, told BBC News.

”The Digital Economy Act left a massive hole of missing user rights like personal copying and parody.

”It’s great to have the opportunity to make the case for modern copyright that works for citizens and artists rather than yesterday’s global publishing monopolies.”

The Digital Economy Bill was rushed into law in the dying days of the Labour government but has yet to be enacted.

Mr Killock said he hoped the government would introduce ”basic user rights” so that people could make personal copies of music and videos, or transfer them from one format to another, without fear of prosecution.

He also called on ministers to relax the laws on parody – citing the case of a recent You Tube clip parodying rapper Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind.

Newport State Of Mind has been taken down by YouTube due to a copyright claim by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.

Mr Killock said relaxing copyright laws would also give companies more freedom to innovate.

Read the article at the BBC.

This is good news, and an initiative that should be supported.

The copyright laws we have today, on both the European and the national level, are not working, and are harmful to both fundamental values and the digital economy. We have to look for a better way.


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8 kommentarer

  1. And how is it good news to have UK copy US laws?

    Kommentar av Sharpless — 6 november 2010 @ 12:05

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  4. Usually when politicians say they’re going to review things and ”make them fit for the internet age” it means that they’re in fact going to make them fit for the wishes of a dying corporate culture. Politicians, especially of his caliber, always speak in double-speak and say one thing but mean another. I doubt this is any exception – I’m certain that mr Cameron is in fact just as corrupt as everyone else.

    Kommentar av Fruxo — 6 november 2010 @ 12:23

  5. reviews
    to benefit civs? ….
    to be within economic moves? yes
    to be within law? yes
    ”InternetNZ, which runs the top-level .nz Internet domain, said in a statement that the new presumption of liability ”reverses the burden of proof in the regime by saying that rights owners’ notices will be considered conclusive evidence of infringement, with alleged infringers having to prove they have not done so. This reversal of proof is not a welcome development, and our initial view is that it should not be passed by Parliament.””

    Kommentar av Idee — 6 november 2010 @ 12:40

  6. The removal of ”potential barriers that stand in the way of new internet-based business models” has ”traditionally” meant that new restrictions are put in place to revert the new environment back to the old environment with additional benefits for the old businesses. This is exactly the rhetoric all the media dinosaurs and their cronies and have been using all along to push for tougher, stricter and more unfair laws.
    I don’t know about the UK law but there isn’t much worth copying in the US law except maybe the concept of fair use, which might not be defined at all in the UK. But the fair use clause is fairly restricted in the US and the rest of the law, like statutory damages, is pure crap.

    Kommentar av anon — 6 november 2010 @ 20:12

  7. Apparently at least one of the EU commissioners appears to be on our side – Neelie Kroes.

    Do we have her on the mailing/outreach list in Brussels, Christian? It would be good to have some cannons within the commission as well.

    Kommentar av Scary Devil Monastery — 7 november 2010 @ 12:39

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