Changes to copyright exceptions

Added by Sarah on 23 April 2008 17:15

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Response to the UK Intellectual Property Office’s consultation on copyright exceptions under the UK’s Intellectual Property regime.

In December 2006, the Gowers Review reported on the UK?s Intellectual Property regime. While this concluded that the system was broadly satisfactory, it identified a number of areas where improvements could be made. These included modifying copyright rules to improve access to, and use of, copyright material for private individuals, students and libraries.

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) initiated a consultation on Copyright Exceptions in early 2008 to look at how those adjustments might be made. Identifying where the boundaries should lie is critical in ensuring that the copyright system remains fit for today?s world. A system of strong rights, accompanied by limited exceptions, should provide a framework that is valued by and protects right holders and is both understood and respected by users.

The RIN recognises that the effectiveness of the copyright regime in facilitating and encouraging research is of the first importance. More particularly, the regime must provide a rational and readily comprehensible foundation for the activities that are permitted to researchers, those who are interested in the results of their research, and those in libraries and other institutions who support them, in securing access to the information resources they need. The RIN’s response to this consultation, which complements our response to the Gowers Review itself, underlines our view about the critical importance of an IP regime that is as simple and comprehensible as possible.

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