The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced a review of the country’s intellectual property law – focusing on copyright – with review recommendations due in April 2011.

In making the announcement the PM pointed to the ‘fair use’ copyright provisions in the United States as a possible model for reform: “Over there, they have what are called ‘fair use’ provisions, which some people believe gives companies more breathing space to create new products and services. So I can announce today that we are reviewing our IP laws, to see if we can make them fit for the Internet age. I want to encourage the sort of creative innovation that exists in America.”

The review will examine a range of access questions in relation to copyright, including what were described in the announcement as “the high costs” associated with obtaining permission to use copyright works.

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