We were very pleased to see that TechDirt, the US blog that reports intelligently on trends in technology and business, has picked up on our report for Ofcom about UGC. In a piece entitled UK’s Ofcom Recognizes That Copyright Can Be A Threat To User Generated Content, Glyn Moody picks up in particular on the themes around intellectual property which we outlined in the report.

Notice that “IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) practice” is seen as a threat to UGC, rather than the other way around, which is traditionally how things are presented, especially when penalties for infringement are being discussed. That’s hugely encouraging, because it suggests that Ofcom and other UK government departments might start seeing UGC as a huge opportunity for creativity, not a threat to it, as it is so often painted.

All-in-all, then, this 70-page report is a valuable contribution to the debate about the role of copyright in the digital age. Let’s hope the policy makers in the UK and around the world read it, understand it, and act on it.

It’s not often that our work is published – it’s generally for our clients’ internal purposes – so it’s great to be picked up on this occasion when we have been. And its’s always nice to be so closely read – so thanks, Glyn!

Sarah

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