Simpler copyright licensing?

A report into the UK’s digital economy has said that copyright licensing needs to be made easier and cheaper to use. Copyright licensing processes in the UK compare well with other countries but much could be improved. There was no evidence of significant problems in the computer games industry, public performance or theatre sectors, nor in the corporate use of copyright licensing. But significant problems existed in industry sectors including audiovisual, music and publishing, museums and the educational sector. Processes were complex and there was difficulty in finding out who owns the rights to any particular content in different jurisdictions. Making copyright licensing easier to use, less expensive and more accessible will encourage new digital services.

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