Last week Lord Younger, the UK’s IP Minister, announced £150,000 of government funding to support the first stage development of a copyright hub to improve licensing.
In his 2011 Review of IP and Growth, Professor Hargreaves estimated improved education about copyright and the facility more readily to make legitimate use of works with appropriate payments to rights owners – through this Copyright Hub - could add £2.2 billion to the UK economy by 2020. The aim of the Copyright Hub is to get the various creative industry trade bodies to work together to provide a one-stop shop for those who want obtain licences to use copyrighted material legally and easily. Rights holders will be encouraged to use the site to register their ownerships.
We remain skeptical as to whether this will generate anything like the amount estimated, but making it easier to obtain licences of copyright has to be a good thing for business.
Sally Creissen, DMH Stallard’s Library & Information Services Manager, contributed to this post.