BBC on UK Copyright law changes
Submitted by Gregory Heller on Mon, 2006-10-30 14:26
The BBC has an article up about a report by The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) calling on Parliament to revise the UK's copyright laws (currently Brittons do not have even the private right to copy their CDs to their own computers or portable digital music players).
Deputy Director of the IPPR, Dr. Ian Kearns said, "[But] it is not the music industry's job to decide what rights consumers have that is the job of government."
Report author Kay Withers said: "The idea of all-rights reserved doesn't make sense for the digital era and it doesn't make sense to have a law that everyone breaks. To give the IP regime legitimacy it must command public respect."
Also from the article:
With it is a growing paradox in which intellectual property is both a commercial and cultural resource.
"The internet offers unprecedented opportunities to share ideas and content," the report says.
"Knowledge must, therefore, perform the roles of both commodity and social glue, both private property and public domain," it adds.
The report looks at how Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies - which restrict the sharing of music or other intellectual property - are affecting attempts to preserve electronic content.