Friday, February 24, 2006

Innovation key for IP review

Andrew GowersThe review of the UK's intellectual property regime being undertaken by Andrew Gowers is picking up steam:

"If the review is simply an invitation to people who currently enjoy IP protection to ask for more IP protection we'd be failing in our duty," he told the Financial Times. "The issue is about rewarding innovators and inventors, not ossifying existing industry structures..."

He pledged to look at copyright "in the round", adding the debate about term - when a performer's rights should expire - would consider the significant number of works that were in copyright but unavailable to consumers or other companies wishing to use the rights.

Glad to see the review hasn't (yet) been hijacked by the content mafia.

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