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Monday, 8 July 2013
UK Copyright Hub launches consultation pilot
As promptly announced by
Jeremy on theIPKatthis morning, today theCopyright Hub("Your gateway to information
about copyright in the UK") launched a consultation pilot.
As 1709 Blog readers will remember, the
idea of a Digital Copyright Exchange (DCE) was first proposed by Ian Hargreaves in
his 2011Review of IP and
Growth. In 2012 Richard Hooper and Ros Lynch completed a feasibilitystudyon the DCE and chose the cooler term
'Copyright Hub' to indicate a not-for-profit, industry-led (butseehere)
system based in the UK that "links 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"
(see1709 Blog reporthere).
Put it otherwise, the Copyright Hub is two things:
A hub ...
1)A web portal connected to a network of
organisations from the audio-visual, publishing, music and images sectors of
the creative industries (which includes DCEs that do automated
2)A forum for collaboration
between the different creative sectors and their organisations.
the Copyright Hub is intended to do three things:
a.Help people find out about copyright
and find their way through the complexities of copyright;
b.Be a place where rights holders can, if
they so choose, register their rights information via organisations connected
to the Hub, so that people can find out who owns what rights to what;
c.Be a place where people can get permission from rights holders to use copyrighted works legally and easily.
The pilot involves
only a small selection of organisations that engage with copyright
licensing. Lessons from the pilot will be fed into later stages when more
organisations join and more services are added
... and a pilot, here to help you "find your way through the complexities of copyright" (the classic excuse ...)
are today just dipping our toes in the water. This is a pilot from which we
will learn a lot and which will allow us to build firm foundations for the
future. We are not trying to do everything at once and are approaching the
whole project in an organic, step by step way. We do not subscribe to the view
that we should, at this stage, spend large sums of money building something in
the hope that people will come."
launch today of the Copyright Hub pilot is hugely exciting. It marks the first
step towards a new kind of copyright infrastructure, where technology is
harnessed to make rights registration and licensing easier and quicker. This is
another boost for UK growth."