Intellectual Property 'Can Promote Innovation and Economic Growth' CARDIFF PROFESSOR DELIVERS FIRST OF IP LECTURE SERIES

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Intellectual Property 'Can Promote Innovation and Economic Growth' CARDIFF PROFESSOR DELIVERS FIRST OF IP LECTURE SERIES


Byline: RHODRI EVANS

CARDIFF law firm Capital Law and IP Wales have teamed up to launch a new annual intellectual property (IP) lecture series aimed at professional advisers, IP practitioners and businesses.

The inaugural lecture in October will be delivered by Ian Hargreaves, Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University and the author of the review of IP law, commissioned last November by David Cameron.

The announcement coincides with the publication of Hargreaves' review of copyright laws, which was published last week. The report says that copyright rules - first designed more than three centuries ago to protect creators' rights - should be adapted so as not to stifle the innovation and economic growth of a digital economy.

His appointment to lead the review came after he was commissioned by the Welsh Government in 2009 to review the creative industries in Wales.

Hargreaves' IP law review recommends legalising the practice of private copying of music and films for personal use, and seeks to relax the rules around parodies or other re-workings of existing content. The review also calls for the establishment of a new agency to enable rights owners to sell licences in their work and for others to buy them in an efficient, automated and cheaper manner than currently is the case.

Additionally the Hargreaves report makes recommendations about how individuals and companies can enforce copyright to their own work online and protect their ideas.

The Government's IP Crime Strategy has not been revised since 2006 and in response to the review Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced new guidelines for prosecutors to help them make the strongest possible case against IP criminals. …

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