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UK intellectual property policy: the Gowers Report

Posted on Fri, Dec 08, 2006 at 6:51 PM by Andrew Chadwick

The long-awaited Gowers Review of intellectual property law in the UK has now reported. Based on its finding that the "music industry [is] losing as much as 20 per cent of annual turnover to piracy and counterfeiting", it recommended strengthening the authorities' hand in combating intellectual property infringement. However, it decided against extending terms for copyrighted sound recordings and performers' rights beyond the current 50 years, or, as it is more technically correct to say: it recommended to the European Commission that it should not bind the UK to extended terms.

There's some witty analysis on Bill Thompson's blog, here and here.

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