COPYRIGHT
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The UK’s Parliament’s Innovation, Universities and Skills Select Committee has called for reform of the UK Copyright Tribunal in light of recent comments that the UK’s copyright court was “antiquated” and “in urgent need of reform”. Given the increasing complexity of copyright issues in the digital age the Committee suggested a paid Tribunal chair and called for more expertise among those who offer independent advice to that chief. The recent Gowers Review also suggested an easier to use fast-track service for copyright disputes involving smaller parties – say a pub or café – which would give them better access to the Tribunal in their royalty disputes (with eg the PPL or PRS). The UK Intellectual Property Office has also reviewed the Tribunal although its proposals have not as yet been made.