The Intellectual Property Office has launched a consultation on the future direction of copyright.
On the Intellectual Property's Office website it says: "The aim is to ensure that the copyright system properly supports creativity, promotes investment and jobs while also inspiring the confidence of businesses and of users (as being fair and reasonable). In building a long term vision and supporting our creative industries, we need to think beyond our national borders and consider the global future of copyright."
An Issues Paper has been published to help start the debate which will cover issues such as ensuring the current system isn't too complex, ensuring the current copyright system provides the right incentives to sustain investment and support creativity, reaching a balance between commercial certainty and the rights of creators and addressing issues regarding authentication.
Meetings will be held to debate and come to possible solutions for the issues raised. The first part of the process will run until February 2009, with intentions to conclude the work in the summer.