The future of the UK’s Intellectual Property system

On Tuesday 6th February, Anna attended a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Intellectual Property. She appeared on behalf of the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA) and, together with BAPLA and Getty Images, briefed MPs on the difficulties faced by the photography sector in enforcing photographic copyright online. The briefing focused, in particular, on the role of online aggregator platforms and other intermediaries in distributing content, the so called “framing loophole” allowing copyright content to be displayed without permission, and the scope for the Digital Charter to help address the legal obstacles. The representations made on behalf of the photographic sector were well received by members of the Group.

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