UK Government to update copyright laws to make them fit for internet age

The UK Government will update copyright laws to make them suitable for the internet age, Prime Minister David Cameron announced.

Proposed changes will bring relaxations in the copyright laws to allow wider use of copyright material without the need to seek prior permission of the copyright owner.

During his speech at an event in the East End of London, Mr. Cameron said that copyright system in the UK is not as friendly to innovation as it is in the US.

Speaking on the topic, he said, “Over there, they have what are called 'fair-use' provisions, which some people believe gives companies more breathing space to create new products and services.”

Internet-based businesses will be able to avoid costs associated with obtaining a copyright owner’s permission to use material.

The announcement has greatly been welcomed by internet campaigners who are of the view that greater use of copyright material will provide a boost to small business.

But on the other hand, the music and film industries have been campaigning against copyright reforms, claiming any type of relaxation in copyright laws will hurt the entertainment industry.