• Fit For The Internet Age? The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth
  • May 23, 2011 | Authors: Sarah Byrt; Mark A. Prinsley
  • Law Firm: Mayer Brown International LLP - London Office
  • In 2006, the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property suggested that the UK’s IP regime was more or less satisfactory and not in need of radical overhaul. However, Professor Hargreaves says that the copyright regime “cannot be considered fit for the digital age when millions of citizens are in daily breach of copyright, simply for shifting a piece of music or video from one device to another”. As well as looking at format-shifting and other copyright issues, the new Review looks for ways to unclog the patent system and to make enforcement easier. There are no magic answers, and Hargreaves’ hands are to an extent tied by EU law, but some of his proposals could give a jump-start to an IP regime that is often behind the times.