UK Music welcomes publication of the first phase of Richard Hooper’s digital copyright study

Today’s report (March 27th) concludes that relative to other countries in the world, the UK’s copyright licensing processes compare well. It highlights that UK music fans have the greatest range of licensed digital services in the world, and that the modern music industry has embraced the digital age with some vigour.

Jo Dipple, chief executive of UK Music said: “I think everyone involved in this feasibility study has appreciated Richard Hooper’s thoughtful and methodical approach. Having revisited the question of whether copyright licensing is fit for the digital age, he has quite rightly recognised that the UK music industry is breaking new ground – licensing more digital music services than any other country and consistently supporting innovation.

“The report also identifies areas where music licensing can be improved. That is our aim too. UK Music looks forward to working with Dr Ros Lynch and Richard Hooper throughout stage two of this study, and will be keen to highlight existing industry initiatives that have this specific goal in mind.”

Richard Hooper was appointed by Business Secretary Vince Cable in November 2011 to lead an independent feasibility study into a Digital Copyright Exchange, following recommendations made in the Hargreaves Review of intellectual property and growth.

Today’s report represents the first stage of his feasibility study.

It can be viewed in full here: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/dce-report-phase1.pdf

Stage two will begin in April 2012, and will consider a range of solutions to the problems identified, including a Digital Copyright Exchange.

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