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Richard Hooper calls for evidence on Digital Copyright Exchange

9 January 2012

Richard Hooper, appointed by the government to conduct a study of the Digital Copyright Exchange (DCE) proposed in the Hargreaves Report on intellectual property rights, has called for evidence from interested parties . Submissions must be made by Friday 10 February.

The DCE is proposed as a solution to the problem of the collapsing value of creative content – which can be electronically replicated and shared – by creating a cheap and efficient online copyright licensing system. The Government hopes that this will harness the growth potential of creative industries and make the UK a leader in digital copyright services.

However, there was a note of uncertainty from Baroness Wilcox, the intellectual property minister, who indicated that it was still to be determined if the DCE was a “workable proposition.” Updating copyright law for the digital age will be complicated and, whatever the government’s decision, Hargreaves’ proposed completion date of the end of 2012 looks increasingly ambitious.

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