UK’s reformed copyright law was published on Wednesday to answer the critics who said it was outdated and not keeping pace with the developing digital media.
However, the radical questions of how to protect the interests of copyright owners without preventing entrepreneurs from exploiting opportunities online, stayed out of reach.
The Hargreaves report recommends legalising the practice of copying music and films and seeks to relax the rules around 'transformative works' - reworkings of existing content. It also calls for a new agency to mediate between those wanting to license music, film and other digital content and rights owners, said a BBC report.
My recommendations set out how the intellectual property framework can promote innovation and economic growth in the UK economy”. Prof Hargreaves, of Cardiff University said.
“They are designed to enhance the economic potential of the UK's creative industries and to ensure that the emergence of high technology businesses, especially smaller businesses, in other sectors are not impeded by our IP laws.
With the creation of a Digital Copyright Exchange, the report suggests, the ghost writings (written by unidentified authors) will be taken care of by a senior person who will be appointed for the job soon.
The review is greeted by groups representing film institutions, producers and communities campaigning for more liberal laws.