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SABIP exits the stage

22 July 2010

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced the dissolution of the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP). Its functions will apparently now pass to the UK Intellectual Property Office.

SABIP’s vision was to ensure “the UK’s IP framework rewards innovation and creativity and provides incentives for these to flourish. It seeks to embrace the changing global context and balance the needs of industry, artists and consumers alike.”

Only set up in 2008, SABIP has hardly had an opportunity to make its mark. Its evidence-based approach to change appeared logical and sensible.  Its lasting legacy will be its report into the relationship between copyright and contract law. This report was met with mixed reaction particularly from those wary that SABIP’s willingness to consider alternative rewards to copyright might lead to an erosion of that right.

Many are simply asking ‘What did it do anyway?’ which presumably formed part of Vince Cable’s thinking when dissolving the quango.

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