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PA Comment: industry-led steps to implement recommendations from Richard Hooper's report

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Press Release London

London, 21 November 2012 - Commenting on the industry-led steps to implement recommendations from Richard Hooper's report to streamline copyright licensing for the digital age, Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The Publishers Association, said:  

“We are really pleased to be working with others in the publishing sector, as well as other creative industries, to take forward the recommendations of Richard Hooper's report, Copyright Works, and to develop the Copyright Hub. The industry-led Hub will make it easier for users to license content online, ensuring creators are rewarded for its use. 

"This initiative promises to do more to improve access to creative works online, and in a way which is sustainable for creators, than any proposals to expand copyright exceptions.”

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The Publishers Association

The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership comprises 115 companies from across the trade, academic and education sectors.  Its core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to members, who represent roughly 80% of the industry by turnover. www.publishers.org.uk.  

The Publishers Association (The PA) has given its support to Richard Hooper’s approach to streamlining copyright licensing in the UK as outlined in his Phase 2 report published today. Hooper’s report, “Copyright Works: streamlining licensing for the digital age”, recommends the creation of an industry-led Copyright Hub, for use by businesses and the public, which could allow rights to be licensed more efficiently and openly. The Copyright Hub follows on from recommendations made in the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property, published in May 2011 and consulted on in the governments’ copyright consultation of December 2011.

The Copyright Hub will be voluntary, opt-in and pro-competitive and is intended to focus on high volume, low monetary value, low transaction cost licensing.  The Copyright Hub will act as a source of information and education on copyright, a voluntary rights registry and a marketplace for rights. It will also have a role in being one of the reference sources for those seeking to use orphan works.

 

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