Creative Industries Drive Momentum To Streamline Copyright Licensing In The Digital Age

Representatives of the publishing, music, images,
audio-visual and other creative sectors have joined forces to take forward
Richard Hooper’s recommendations in his report, Copyright Works, published in
July of this year. Steps to implement recommendations from the report will focus
on streamlining copyright licensing for the digital age, making it easier for
users to access rights and services lawfully and so ensuring that creators are
rewarded when their works are used. In line with the recommendations the
creative sectors have seized the initiative to follow up on the report and have
already committed funding to enable this project to progress.

Lancaster, former Head of Rights and Business Affairs at the BBC, will chair the
Copyright Licensing Steering Group (CLSG), which will oversee a range of
workstreams focusing on different aspects of copyright licensing including data
building blocks, metadata and streamlining licensing in various sectors. A key
workstream will steer the development of the Copyright Hub identified in the
report and this is being chaired by Richard Hooper under the banner of the
Copyright Hub Launch Group. Members of the CLSG and each of the workstreams are
currently being recruited from across the creative industries and work is
getting underway.

James Lancaster said: “I am delighted to be chairing
this important group which will play a significant role in making it easier for
rights and works to be licensed for the benefit of all.”

proposed Copyright Hub builds on the recommendation for a digital copyright
exchange in a government review into intellectual property and growth carried
out in 2011 and led by Professor Ian Hargreaves.

Dr Ros Lynch, a member
of the Senior Civil Service in the Department for Business, Innovation and
Skills and collaborator on Hooper’s final report, has been seconded to lead an
industry funded office to spearhead the work to deliver the report’s



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