Event: The Rights of Consumers and Creators under UK Copyright Law

“Hargreaves’ Review: The Rights of Consumers and Creators under UK Copyright Law”

Date: Tuesday 13th March

Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: The Grand Committee Room, Westminster Hall, House of Commons


Jim Dowd MP, Member of Parliament for Lewisham West and Penge

Mike Holderness, Chair of the Creators’ Rights Alliance

Gwen Thomas, Consultant to the Association of Photographers

Saskia Walzel, Senior Policy Advocate at Consumer Focus

Chaired By:

Alun Michael MP, PICTFOR

Reception: From 7:30pm guests will be invited for networking drinks

RSVP: Please email admin@pictfor.org.uk to reserve your place.

Please note, places will be offered on a first come, first served basis

Entrance via Cromwell Green, please allow 25 minutes for security checks


This panel event has been organised in co-operation with Consumer Focus and the Creators’ Rights Alliance. The panel event will discuss the Hargreaves Review’s consideration for consumer and creator rights in revising copyright law for the digital age. In May 2011 Professor Hargreaves delivered his Independent Review of IP and Growthand the IPO is currently consulting on implementing the copyright recommendations.

Professor Hargreaves’ recommendations to amend copyright exceptions and licensing were informed by a desire to update copyright law so that it finds greater acceptance among consumers; and to build a copyright licensing system which supports a competitive market that meets consumer demand through legal services. In the digital age copyright exceptions which allow the re-use of copyright protected works, such as for current events reporting, are now used by creators as well as the citizen consumers who blog. Creators’ moral rights are mentioned throughout the consultation, but the link between strengthening creators’ rights and the creative industries’ contribution to economic growth is still not well understood.

The panel event follows a one-day seminar that brought consumers and creators together to find common ground on the Hargreaves Review. The discussion guide for that event can be found online. Participants identified the following areas of common ground:

  • broad agreement about the need for automatic moral rights, particularly attribution, ie the right of the creator to have their name linked to the work even if they have sold the copyright, and integrity, ie not to have the work associated with something that would damage the reputation of the creator
  • agreement on the need for better metadata identifying creators throughout the distribution chain
  • agreement on the importance of addressing problems with contracts – both those between end-users and intermediaries, and between creators and intermediaries
  • considerable interest in the idea that copyright, ie ‘economic rights’, could revert to creators after a certain time or when not exploited
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