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Digital Copyright Exchange

Digital Copyright Exchange

Published: 08.02.12 at 12:33

One of the main recommendations made by Professor Ian Hargreaves in the Digital Opportunity Report is for the establishment of a "cross-sectoral Digital Copyright Exchange" (DCE).

It is envisaged that this licensing system would effectively create a one-stop-shop for businesses to buy and sell rights to use creative content protected by copyright (music, photos, film footage etc).

It was recommended that the Government appoint a senior figure to oversee the design and implementation of a DCE by the end of 2012. So far things seem to be running according to schedule.

Vince Cable has already appointed Richard Cooper to lead a feasibility study on developing a DCE. The study is set to provide recommendations for a workable licensing solution by the time of the summer Parliamentary Recess later this year.

Richard Hooper has invited stakeholders to respond to a call for evidence which asks two questions:

  • First, whether they agree with the 'Hargreaves Hypothesis' - that the current copyright licensing system is not fit for purpose;
  • Secondly whether they agree with his proposed definitions, including the market definition.

To submit a response to the Call for Evidence, send your evidence with a completed response sheet via e-mail by no later than Friday 10 February 2012.

For more on copyright reform see our earlier news stories, here and here.  

Photograph (some rights reserved) by audelising


  1. Thank you

    Have been DCE for the last couple of months now and found this post very useful. Thanks a lot and any more info would be much appreciated.


    Posted by John Sellinge on 14.02.12 at 10:45


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