Coadec believes that the purpose of Intellectual Property protection is, as it was first envisioned, to foster innovation, but many aspects of the current copyright regime have the opposite effect when it comes to innovation by digital businesses and is all too often used to punish consumers and limit usage, which significantly hinders growth and innovation.
We fully support the right of content creators to profit from their work, but we feel that both the structure and enforcement of copyright law must balance the needs of creative innovators with those of digital innovators. Changes in copyright law that bring certainty and flexibility in the use of copyrighted material has been shown to attract investment.
We support the Government’s aim to have the recommendations from the The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth in place by the end of this Parliament, and concur with their belief that they will deliver real value to the UK economy, and to the creators and users of Intellectual Property.
Key issues Coadec has campaigned on
- Supporting the Government’s commissioning of the Hargreaves review
- Encouraging the adoption of the Hargreaves recommendations on copyright exceptions
- Assisting with the drafting of the Digital Copyright Exchange Feasibility Study
- Calling on MEPs to repeal ACTA
- Highlighting the transatlantic repercussions of SOPA/PIPA
- Highlighting the problems of the Digital Economy Act