Monday, December 12, 2005

British government announces review of 'intellectual property' law

Following in the footsteps of their American counterparts, British lawmakers will be reconsidering the UK intellectual property regime in order to "modernize copyright and other forms of intellectual property so that they are appropriate for the digital age". The process is structured on essentially the same lines as the review that, in 1998, gave rise to the United States' Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The British independent review will be led by Andrew Gowers, former editor of the Financial Times, has been commissioned by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and will run for 12 months.