Digital Copyright Exchange – Call for Evidence

The excerpt below is from the Intellectual Property Office website. The planned Exchange will be of great interest to those digitising orphan or in copyright works, hopefully leading to a acceleration of the process of rights clearance.

On 22 November Business Secretary Vince Cable announced the appointment of Richard Hooper to lead a feasibility study on developing a Digital Copyright Exchange (DCE) in the UK.

The DCE feasibility study will consider options for developing a functional digital market in rights clearance and a source of information about rights ownership, as recommended by the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth and accepted by the Government.

Richard Hooper has invited stakeholders to respond to a call for evidence which asks two questions:

  • First, whether they agree with the ‘Hargreaves Hypothesis’ – that the current copyright licensing system is not fit for purpose;
  • Secondly whether they agree with his proposed definitions, including the market definition.
  • Richard Hooper said:

    “This is a controversial issue with strongly held opinions across the spectrum – we are seeking hard data and evidence for or against the main, or parts of the, hypothesis. The responses I receive will help to inform my thinking as I move to develop a concept for a workable licensing solution.”

    To submit a response to the Call for Evidence (142Kb), send your evidence with a completed response sheet via e-mail by no later than Friday 10 February 2012.

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