14 March 2009

UK - Government outlines digital rights agency proposal

The government has fleshed out the digital rights agency proposed in Lord Carter's Digital Britain report and called for comment from the industry and consumers. The agency would establish a co-regulatory approach for navigating online copyright issues for film and music content, including illegal file sharing. The paper published by the Intellectual Property Office was described as a "straw man" - meaning it is designed to provoke debate rather than represent policy. The government called on creators, commercial rights holders and consumer groups to submit responses.