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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK PM Decided to Review Copyright Legislation

UK PM Decided to Review Copyright Legislation

UK PM Decided to Review Copyright Legislation

Added: Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
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David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, found out that Great Britain needs a kind of “fair-use” provisions, well-known for giving such companies in the IT area as Google the “breathing space to innovate and develop new products.” Therefore Cameron is planning to conduct a 6-month review of the copyright laws to see what the country can learn from the United States, where “fair-use” provisions are already enacted, as well as what obstacles may exist to the enforcing such online services as licensing fees.


The Prime Minister acknowledged that the biggest problem the current copyright laws are posing is that they may lead to locking up creative material, thus preventing others from creating new things. Of course, this will only make both rights owners and consumers lose in the end. That’s why David Cameron recently decided to review the UK’s current copyright laws to tackle the problem.

One of the reasons for doing that might be the Google’s founders’ private mention to the PM that they would never be able to start Google in his country, because even taking snapshots of the online material, like Google currently does, could lead to the legal issue. In fact, Prime Minister is right about encouraging the creative innovation in the United Kingdom, as the US not coincidentally can boast some.

The biggest trouble with the country’s copyright legislation is that users are only allowed to do explicitly what the law says they can. This way, it makes everything, including parodies and format shifting, a copyright infringement. Moreover, lots of academic uses also remain illegal.

Meanwhile, the observers have already pointed at the problem several times. For example, a year ago a consumer advocacy group Consumers Focus decided that the UK should be in the last place among European countries in terms of copyright law. They pointed out that the UK’s legislation is very restrictive, treating copyright as property right. Besides, the country’s law only protects works, not the ideas.

Meanwhile, the Digital Economy Act, which came in effect eight months ago, is only making it more difficult for everyone to develop new products in order to allow the country to stay relevant in the digital age. It’s clear that a ban on public Wi-Fi, as well as website filtering and disconnecting the subscribers from the web, can’t be considered a solution to protecting copyrights.

November 11th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2010-11-11 15:18:31)
D4T4 avatarSounds like the Digital Economy Act is going to get kicked to touch. Lets hope the lessons he learns from America are the ones "what not to do". The last thing we need are our versions of their legal catastrophes ie MPAA etc. I'm not holding my breath though.

posted by (2010-11-12 00:44:30)
katep avatarthe digital economy act is not in force yet it will be early next year but ofcom are still messing with it

with are goverments past I am not holding out any hope that they will get anything right on this

posted by Blocked (2010-11-12 09:12:20)
MECHCOMMANDER avatarMeh, whatever Camerons upto, you can bet your bottom dollar it won't be to better things for 'you and me', more like he's looking at ways the govt can profit from it.

posted by Blocked (2010-11-13 18:18:23)
No avatarI would certainly agree that creativity and free exchange of ideas is being hit by copyright laws and copyright infringement actions. The PM is already pledged to remove the 'three strikes' rule which in any case was ONLY only going to be applied via the three biggest ISPs, whereas most P2P downloading is done via smaller ISPs!

I don't know how many times it has to be stated. Firstly, musicians make 95% of their money from Live Gigs. Actors in smash hit films get OBSCENELY RICH. Mostly out of Box Office takings. MOST of the distributing companies profits go to their shareholders. MOST of the distributing companies profits come from diversification outside of the film or music industry. Music Cds and Film or Music DVDs are overpriced by a factor of about FIVE TIMES or MORE what we should have to pay for them. MOST illegal downloads are by people who in any case CAN'T afford to buy them. The copyright infringement concerns are therefore TARGETTING THE DOWN AND OUT, and trying to preserve the exclusitivity of the 'club' of people who have money. Finally, most of Africa for example would not have been able to listen to ANY Beatles tracks but for P2P. So the message basically to these legal actions from some of the world's richest companies is GET LOST!!!!!!!

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