News agencies and archive and licencing firms have joined forces to fight proposed changes to copyright law that they say will have a “devastating” impact on the creative industries.
Proposals from the Hargreaves Review, including ‘exceptions to copyright’ and ‘extended collective licensing’, are set to be implemented as part of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, which is currently being debated in the House of Lords.
Yesterday, AP, Getty Images, Reuters, British Pathe, The Press Association, and the Federation of Commercial and Audiovisual Libraries delivered a ‘letter before claim’ to business secretary Vince Cable as the first step towards a judicial review of the process.
“Normally we would go hammer and tongs competing with each other, but we came together on this set of issues because we felt strongly that what is proposed is not in the interests of our market sectors, the creative industries or the public,” said AP director of International Archives Alwyn Lindsey.
“We create content because we are paid for it,” Lindsey said.
“It’s a simple deal; if you want to use our content you have to pay a licence fee. The proposals in the Hargreaves Review could lead to scenarios where that wouldn’t happen.