Copyright reform ‘could destroy’ archive industry

Copyright reform ‘could destroy’ archive industry 

The UK’s commercial archive market could be “devastated” and “destroyed” by a government review of intellectual property laws, according to key figures in the sector.

The Hargreaves Review is intended to overhaul copyright legislation to make it simpler for companies to innovate in the digital age.

But industry figures have warned that their businesses are in danger of being wiped out if the proposals are implemented.

Sue Malden, chair of archive trade association Focal, has warned that the review’s “exceptions to copyright” and “extended collective licensing” proposals will undermine an archive’s ability to make money from licensing content.

Source: Broadcast

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