A study backed by the creative-industry sector has found that the UK’s copyright licensing process, although stands up with its international competitors, still isn’t ready for the digital age.
It had previously been suggested in a review by Professor Ian Hargreaves – whose findings were released in May 2011 – that the UK copyright law wasn’t fit for purpose, as millions of Britons are in breach out it every day for “simply shifting a piece of music or video from one device to another”
Nearly a year later, the first phase of the Digital Copyright Exchange feasibility study, has again suggested that there is a lot of work needed before the copyright laws in the UK are ready for the digital age.
The latest study found that some of the main areas where the copyright law can be improved, included the complexity in the way rights are licensed and the barriers to paying creators “fair and accurate” shares of the revenues created by their content; as well as it being problematical to license copyright for the “high volume/ low value transactions that characterise the digital world.”
Along with suggesting areas for improvement, the latest study suggested that consumers, who follow the law, lose out because they have less of repertoire available online than they would in the physical world of CDs and DVDs.