Adolygiad Hargreaves am eiddo deallusol a hawlfraint

Could it be true that laws designed more than three centuries ago with
the express purpose of creating economic incentives for innovation by protecting creators’ rights are
today obstructing innovation and economic growth?

The short answer is: yes. We have found that the UK’s intellectual property framework, especially with
regard to copyright, is falling behind what is needed. Copyright, once the exclusive concern of authors
and their publishers, is today preventing medical researchers studying data and text in pursuit of new
treatments. Copying has become basic to numerous industrial processes, as well as to a burgeoning
service economy based upon the internet. The UK cannot afford to let a legal framework designed
around artists impede vigorous participation in these emerging business sectors.

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