Westminster Media Forum

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Next steps for copyright policy and regulation in the UK

Morning, Thursday, 11th February 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine key policy priorities for the regulation of copyright in the UK - and will be an early opportunity to assess the landscape and its implication following the end of the EU exit transition period.

Key areas for discussion:

  • the IP landscape - assessing the economic and policy implications of the evolving environment in which digital platforms, intellectual property owners, rights-holders, and content creators operate
  • divergence - the impact of the UK Government’s intention not to implement the EU directive, and how a UK-based system will be put in place, and its relationship with other IP systems
  • the UK creative economy - key issues for IP-dependent sectors such as music, screen, publishing and UK tech, and online content-sharing services with operations based in the UK
  • priorities for a UK approach - the future shape of copyright frameworks, including how to address issues around remuneration for rights holders and content creators
  • trade deals - priorities for stakeholders, and the extent that the process of achieving international agreements might put pressure on changes to UK copyright policy
  • liability - the responsibilities of online content-sharing services and digital platforms relating to posting of copyright-infringing material on their systems
  • individual users - how the UK’s future copyright framework should account for their rights
  • accessibility and openness - assessing the boundaries and trade-offs in protecting IP rights while also supporting freedom of expression and creativity, and access to information and content
  • international best practice - what can the UK learn from the approach in other territories to regulation and renumeration for rights holders and content creators
  • innovation - looking at technology including AI as well as business models and the potential impact on IP and copyright going forward, and what is needed for policy to keep pace with developments
  • enforcement:
    • challenges, options and practicalities of protecting rights going forward, including priorities for international co-operation and agreements
    • the role of education, voluntary agreements, and technology such as automated upload-filtering programmes and in preventing and tackling copyright infringement
  • rights holders on the front line - how piracy is being tackled, progress on opening up international markets, and dealing with the impact of COVID-19

Relevant background and developments:

  • copyright after the UK transition from the EU:
    • Intellectual property after 1 January 2021  - the recent IPO stakeholder briefing on its operations and the IP system following transition
    • the Government stating its intention not to implement the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market following the end of the transition period
    • future agreements - ministerial confirmation at an earlier Westminster Media Forum conference that government would not compromise the existing IP framework in future negotiations
  • Economics of music streaming  - DCMS committee inquiry, looking at how government can protect the music industry from piracy and whether a UK equivalent of the Copyright Directive is needed
  • IPO launches trade mark pre-apply service - designed to help individuals and businesses improve their chances of successfully registering a trade mark, backed by checks using AI
  • Artificial intelligence and intellectual property: call for views -  government consulting on the implications AI might have for intellectual property policy, including its role as a possible inventor
  • the impact of COVID-19 on IP - reported increases in piracy during the pandemic, along with increases in remote learning and research, and the offering of more open access content online

The agenda:

  • Priorities for future copyright regulation and enforcement in the UK
  • Stakeholder perspectives on the future of UK copyright regulation
  • Case studies:
    • an international perspective on regulation and renumeration for rights holders and content creators
    • maximising export opportunities and addressing the challenge of piracy
  • Artificial intelligence and copyright
  • Rights enforcement, international co-operation and future-proofing policy - voluntary agreements, the role of technology and education, and the impact of COVID-19
  • The future of copyright policy in the UK

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

For this conference, as is typical of our meetings, we expect speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with other stakeholders from across the media and creative industries sector, including rights holders, law firms, consultancies, publishers and booksellers, library and archive services, writer and content creator collectives, production studios, TV and radio broadcasters, musicians and record labels, streaming services, online platforms, consumer groups, investment and private equity firms, talent agencies, researchers from academia and higher education, as well as reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Robin Stout

Deputy Director, Copyright Policy, Intellectual Property Office

Professor Martin Kretschmer

Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Glasgow

Lucy Reid-Crompton

Chief Executive, Wikimedia UK


William Bush

Executive Director, Premier League

Jim Killock

Executive Director, Open Rights Group

Daniel Guthrie

Director General, Alliance for Intellectual Property