Mike Weatherley, Conservative MP for Hove. Appointed by the Prime Minister as his advisor on intellectual property in September 2013.
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The creative industry is a very profitable sector and vital to the UK’s economy, therefore he argues that those that contribute and sustain it need to be protected by stricter copyright laws.
Copyright Issues with Quotations
Mr. Weatherley asked the following question to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport;
"...what uses the fair dealing exception for quotations are intended to facilitate?"
He received the following response:
"The Berne Convention on copyright requires countries to allow quotations to be made from copyright works as long as their making is fair and their extent is justified. In line with this international requirement, the fair dealing exception for quotations will permit fair and reasonable uses of copyright works for purposes such as criticism, review, and commentary. It is for the Courts to determine which uses are fair on a case-by-case basis. Uses which might be considered fair dealing for the purpose of quotation include the use of citations in research papers, the use of titles to identify sources in a bibliography, and the use of titles and short extracts to identify hyperlinks in internet blogs and tweets."
In effect, Ms. Swinson has stated that the legal system is to interpret whether fair dealing has occurred, considering the merits of each case individually, rather than a blanket restriction.
- To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward legislative proposals to reform copyright exceptions to clarify definitions of research or private study.
- To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of evidence from the Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property at the University of Cambridge on the potential effects on education, cultural establishments and business of the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
- To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps he has taken following the Regulatory Policy Committee's response to the impact assessment of the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 in respect of the Committee's advice on further evidence gathering on the monetising of the potential effects of such a repeal; (2) what response he has made to the recommendations from the Regulatory Policy Committee on further evidence gathering with respect to the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
- Cameron appointment signals crackdown on internet piracy, FT, 2013-09-12
- Hansard, 2010-10-11