“ITN supports the creation of an exception to make accessible versions of copyright works for the visually impaired and people with disabilities. However, the IPO’s proposed introduction and widening of a raft of further copyright exceptions has the potential to irrevocably dismantle the UK’s intellectual property framework which underpins creation and preservation of original content.
“The UK already has a balanced set of copyright exceptions in place which currently allow copyrighted materials to be used without permission from or payment to the right owner. Such provisions are essential to the human rights of freedom of expression but they must be balanced to protect rights ownership. There is a real danger that the IPO’s proposals go too far in removing fundamental rights of creators and undermining incentives for producing original content.
“ITN, along with many other investors in content, has voiced its concern about such proposals contained in the IPO’s Consultation on Copyright and the Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Bill. Today’s policy statement from the IPO does not address these concerns, and we believe that such radical changes to copyright law should be considered with full parliamentary scrutiny through primary legislation, not the secondary legislation mechanism proposed by the IPO.”
For more information:
– ITN’s submission to the IPO Consultation on Copyright earlier this year: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/response-2011-copyright-itn.pdf
– The IPO’s webpage on its Consultation on Copyright, including today’s policy statement: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/pro-policy/consult/consult-closed/consult-closed-2011/consult-2011-copyright.htm