Copyright Reform

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Copyright law is undergoing a process of reform to adapt to the many challenges of the information society and the growing impetus for EU harmonization. As early as 2006 the Gowers Review for Intellectual Property identified seven main areas that needed to be revised and made recommendations on improving the UK IP system. In 2010 professor Hargreaves was commissioned by the prime minister Cameron to review the IP system and suggest areas of possible improvement; the Review published in 2011 made 10 recommendations to “ensure that the UK has an IP framework best suited to supporting innovation and promoting economic growth in the digital age”. Some of the proposed amendments to copyright law have entered into effect in June 2014.

CIPPM is committed to research into both normative and analytical aspects of copyright reform. In the last years, the Centre has worked closely with the UK Intellectual Property Office on providing analysis and evidence to inform the Hargreaves Review implementation and to support the lawmaking process. Research carried out by CIPPM include Kretschmer’s widely cited study on private copy levies, a report on the regulation of orphan works and a cutting-edge empirical research on the economic effects of parody and pastiche (in collaboration with CEMP). CIPPM has also promoted seminars and workshops on foundational aspects of copyright law, and has contributed to various consultation exercises at EU and UK level. In November 2015, the Centre has hosted a symposium on Copyright reform: the implications one year on.

CIPPM advocates for a copyright policy that brings a better balance between the interests of  creators, investors and consumers.

Dinusha Mendis - Professor Mendis is the Centre's Director
Maurizio Borghi - Professor of Intellectual Property Law
Elizabeth Bailey - PhD Researcher
Sally Weston - Senior Principal Academic
Valuing the Public Domain - This project funded by the ESRC and the UK Intellectual Property Office provides for a knowledge exchange scheme which brings together academics (from the disciplines of law, media & communication studies, management and economics), policy makers from the UK Intellectual Property Office (an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) and media businesses (in... Read more »
Extending the Research of the Project - Commissioned by CREATe, University of Glasgow and funded by RCUK, the project extends the research which commenced in 2012-2013 leading to the establishment of this online resource. is an online resource aimed at making UK copyright law accessible to creators and members of the public. The resource is meant for everyone who uses... Read more »
Copyright and the Regulation of Orphan Works - Copyright and the Regulation of Orphan Works, a report commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and co-authored by Dr. Marcella Favale, Dr. Fabian Homberg, Dr. Dinusha Mendis and Dr. Davide Secchi of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University and Professor Martin Krestchmer of CREATe, University of Glasgow was... Read more »
Copyright and Parody: Legal Analysis and Empirical Evidence - Two reports commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) on parody and pastiche. The reports form part of a three-report sequence on parody published by the UKIPO in March 2013. The three reports/studies commissioned by UKIPO evaluate policy options in the implementation of the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property & Growth (2011). Study I... Read more »
Open Standards in Government IT - The Cabinet Office has commissioned an independent study on the costs and benefits of introducing an open standards policy for software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT requirements. Academics from the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University have prepared a review of the evidence on the competition and... Read more »
Changes to UK Copyright Law - In 2011, the government initiated the Hargreaves Review; an independent review of intellectual property, carried out by Professor Ian Hargreaves. The UK government is now considering making changes to the existing Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CDPA 1988). CIPPM has created a series of short videos to explore some of these proposals and the arguments on both... Read more »
Symposium: European Intellectual Property and its Limits January 16, 2019 - Wednesday 16 January 2019 - Inaugural symposium of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
Scales of Justice Copyright Balance Poorna Mysoor: The Doctrine of Implied Licence and Copyright Balance May 10, 2017 - Research seminar - Wednesday 10 May, 16:00, Room F 110 (Fusion Building)
Dinusha Mendis, Ruth Towse and Bartolomeo Meletti: Learning Tools for the Copyright User December 14, 2016 - Faculty Research Seminar Wednesday 14 December, 16.00, room F309 is an online resource aimed at making UK copyright law accessible to creators, media professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and members of the public. The resource aims to inform creators about how to protect their work, how to license and exploit it and how to legally re-use... Read more »
Teaching Copyright for Critical Perspectives: Teacher Development Event July 7, 2016 - 7th (evening) - 8th July 2016, Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University

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CIPPM Researchers at Copy Ethics Conference 2017 July 28, 2017 - CIPPM Researcher Dr. Claudy Op den Kamp and CIPPM Visiting Fellow, Mr. Bartolomeo Meletti were invited to speak at the International Copy Ethics conference, which was held from 11-14 July 2017 at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Bielefeld. The conference was the closing event of a multi-year research project on the... Read more »
Two new book chapters by Dinusha Mendis June 22, 2017 - Professor Dinusha Mendis has contributed chapters to two new books published by Edward Elgar Publishers and Oxford University Press. The first, published in May 2017, analyses Directive 2014 / 26 / EU on Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights and Multi-Territorial Licensing of Rights in Musical Works for Online Use in the Internal Market... Read more »
Response to proposed ‘press publication right’ December 5, 2016 - A group of thirty seven professors of Intellectual Property and Information Law, led by Lionel Bently (CIPIL, University of Cambridge), has submitted to the Intellectual Property Office a response to the proposed introduction of a new right on press publications. The so-called ‘press publication right’, as included in Article 11 of the Proposal for a Directive on Copyright in... Read more »
Award-Winning Short-Film ‘Game is On!’ Episode II – Published by October 2, 2016 - – a collaboration between the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) and CREATe, University of Glasgow, has produced Episode II of the ‘Game is On!’ Series. The project led by Principal Investigator for Bournemouth University, Dr. Dinusha Mendis, was initially funded by BU’s Fusion Investment Fund in 2012. Since 2013 the project... Read more »
CIPPM Project wins AHRC Research in Film Award November 13, 2015 - An animated film on titled The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair won an AHRC Research in Film Award on 12 November 2015 at an Awards Ceremony hosted at the British Film Institute, Southbank London. is an online resource, which makes copyright law accessible to creators, teachers, students and members of... Read more »

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