After the fall out from the Government’s Pre-Budget Report, the IT industry is evaluating its response to the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property.
Many looking at IP issues and copyright infringement welcomed the report, but the music industry is not likely to be a chief advocate of its recommendations to policy and possibly law, as it came out in favour of making CD ‘burning’ legal.
The report included the suggestion that it should be made legal to ‘burn’ or copy CDs to music players or computers. It also supported current copyright terms for performance remaining unchanged as well as efforts towards a European-wide patent scheme.
Published a year after the Chancellor of the Exchequer asked former Financial Times editor and head of communications at Lehman Brothers, Andrew Gowers to conduct an independent review into the UK Intellectual Property Framework, he reported: "The ideal IP system creates incentives for innovation, without unduly limiting access for consumers and follow-on innovators.
“It must strike the right balance in a rapidly changing world so that innovators can see further by standing on the shoulders of giants. And it must take tough action against those who infringe IP rights at a cost to the UK's most creative industries.”
The Review set out a number of targeted, practical recommendations to deliver “a robust Intellectual Property framework fit for the digital age”. It recommended reducing the costs and complexity of the system and reform of copyright law to allow individuals and institutions to use content in ways consistent with the digital age.