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Government publishes consultation on copyright

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The Government has today (Wednesday 14 December) launched its ‘Consultation on Copyright’. This follows on from Professor Ian Hargreaves’ report, ‘Digital Opportunity – A review of Intellectual Property and Growth’, which was published earlier in the year. The consultation is based on the ten recommendations made by Hargreaves in his review and covers a number of areas which are of importance to music publishers.

Amongst them are the creation of an exception to allow acts of private copying, introducing an exception for parody and pastiche, introducing a provision for voluntary extended collective licensing and proposals for dealing with orphan works. To read the ‘Consultation on Copyright’ document in full please click here.

A short statement from UK Music warns that there is “a very real danger that poorly targeted or ideologically driven changes to copyright law could instead undermine growth, both for the UK’s creative sector and those digital businesses dependent upon our valuable content”. Read the full statement on the UK Music website.

The consultation will run for 14 weeks, and will conclude on 21 March 2012. Full details of the consultation process can be found on the IPO website, including impact assessments for each of the proposals. The MPA will consult widely with its membership during this period, and will make considered responses on each proposal relevant to music publishers, both directly and via input into the joint UK Music submission.