The creation of a Copyright Hub was the main recommendation arising from the Hooper Report, commissioned by the UK government and published in July 2012 following the Hargreaves independent review of intellectual property in 2011. The Hooper Report recommended the creation of a not-for-profit, industry-led Copyright Hub based in the UK that would “…link interoperably and scalably to the growing national and international network of private and public sector digital copyright exchanges, rights registries and other copyright-related databases, using agreed cross-sectoral and cross-border data building blocks and standards, based on voluntary, opt-in, non-exclusive and pro-competitive principles”.
The Hooper Report intended that the Copyright Hub would have the following five main purposes:
- Act as a signposting and navigation mechanism to the complex world of copyright;
- Be the place to go for copyright education;
- Be the place where any copyright owner can choose to register works, the associated rights to those works, permitted uses and licences granted;
- Be the place for potential licensees to go for easy to use, transparent, low transaction cost copyright licensing via for example digital copyright exchanges (DCEs), acting in effect as a marketplace for rights; and
- Be one of the authoritative places where prospective users of orphan works can go to demonstrate they have done proper, reasonable and due diligent searches for the owners of those works before they digitise them.
The pilot version of the Copyright Hub is designed to provide information about copyright, allow people wanting to use copyrighted material to obtain a licence to do so, and provide details of and links to places where details of copyright can be registered. In its current pilot form, the Copyright Hub provides links to a handful of copyright databases (including the BBC picture library and Getty Images) and it is intended that as time goes on more information and resources will be developed and the number of linked databases will increase substantially.
The pilot version of the Copyright Hub at can be found at http://www.copyrighthub.co.uk/home