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Prime Minister announces review of Intellectual Property laws
Friday 05 November 2010 10:56:28 by Andrew Ferguson

Originally one of the points of the Digital Britain report was that issues such as format shifting and creating backups of copyrighted material for personal use were to be addressed. In the Digital Economy Act this carrot was removed, and the Act concentrated on the letter writing campaign followed by possible further action if the amount of illegal file sharing did not decrease sufficiently.

Thursday 4th November saw Prime Minister David Cameron say that intellectual property laws are to be reviewed to 'make them fit for the internet age'.

"The service they (Google) provide depends on taking a snapshot of all the content on the internet at any one time and they feel our copyright system is not as friendly to this sort of innovation as it is in the United States.

Over there, they have what are called 'fair-use' provisions, which some people believe gives companies more breathing space to create new products and services.

So I can announce today that we are reviewing our IP laws, to see if we can make them fit for the internet age. I want to encourage the sort of creative innovation that exists in America."

Prime Minister David Cameron talking at investment event in the East End of London

Without a doubt a number of our copyright laws are not fit for now and were not fit for the electronic age that existed ten years ago, so reform is long overdue. As we currently stand, copying legally purchased MP3 files from your computer onto your music player can fall foul of the laws, and creating an MP4 version of your favourite DVD/Blu-ray is also not allowed. Of course there is no suggestion that sharing these files over the Internet will magically become legal, but all that many people want is the ability to fairly use material without breaking the law.

Hopefully the review will not simply be a six month investigation into the US market, but consider what happens around the world.

Comments

Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
Oh great, everytime the government says stuff like 'make them fit for the internet age', they end up making it worse because they don't have a clue :(
Posted by devsen over 6 years ago
Exactly governments have never in the past and never will understand technology run by classics graduates from Oxbridge. If we look back in history I think similar grappling with technology ensued the invention of the printing press. If 6 billion people in the world want to share music they will, it is about time the so called music firms realized this and actually used this freedom to sell more music rather than stop people.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
Just civil violations, unless a rights holder can prove you copied/re-encoded a song/video they can't do anything.

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength
Sharing is Theft.
Posted by djfunkdup over 6 years ago
lol i think they are just deluded...2 storys that seam to always run in tandem..the fact that neither one is affected by the other in reality seams to go as miss//the 2 storys i mention are.:
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.stop people sharing and downloading music.
broadband for all
stop people sharing and downloading music.
broadband for all

Posted by djfunkdup over 6 years ago
stop people sharing and downloading music.
broadband for all
stop people sharing and downloading music.
broadband for all
stop people sharing and downloading music.

its as if they are going to use the people sharing music argument to excuse the hold up in the broadband for all argument...
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