Response to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Inquiry into the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property

(August 2011)

Background

In 2011 the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee conducted an Inquiry into the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and the Government’s response to it. The Inquiry focused on the recommendations set out in the Review and the Government’s plans for the implementation of its recommendations.

LACA's submission

LACA welcomes the Hargreaves recommendations and the government’s response to them. One of the key recommendations for LACA is the updating of the exceptions and limitations in copyright law.

Committee's Report

The Committee's report, The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property: Where next?, was published on 27 June 2012.  It concluded that:

"A considerable amount of high-quality work on policy development has been undertaken in the year since the Hargreaves Review. It will be important to maintain that momentum alongside the more rigorous approach to policy formation that Hargreaves recommended... the Government should press ahead with measures to implement new policy... as soon as possible. We recommend that the Department act swiftly to bring in legislation to that effect".

Government's response

The government's response was published in September 2012. It made 19 recommendations.