Friday 27 April 2018

Copyright protection 'must not be jeopardised'

Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

THE newspaper industry has welcomed government plans to bring copyright law into the digital age – but warned it cannot happen at the expense of businesses that invest millions every year researching and creating original content.

National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI), the body that represents newspaper publishers, warned in particular against any changes that involve "watering down" copyright protection for firms that finance news gathering and reporting.

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It follows a report by the government-appointed Copyright Review Committee that contains a series of recommendations to adapt the law on "intellectual property rights" for the so-called digital age.

The review committee has called for the creation of a Copyright Council of Ireland, which would act as an "independent self-funding organisation," that will protect copyright as well as "encouraging innovation".

NNI said its members invest hundreds of millions of euro every year to create high quality content for readers, which could be jeopardised without the legal protections that help maintain their commercial viability.

"Robust copyright protection will help guarantee this investment into the future," it said.

Irish Independent

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