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11 November 2014 0 Comments
Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

MP sets out steps to tackle copyright infringement

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An MP has called for copyright to be taught in schools, as parts of efforts to increase awareness about intellectual property.

Backbencher Mike Weatherly has been appointed by the Prime Minister to look at ways to tackle copyright infringement.

He believes that the subject should be covered from an early age and said that the Government could do more to make information about the laws governing intellectual property available online.

“The school curriculum needs to prepare pupils – from early years through to the end of secondary school and higher education – for the 21st century knowledge economy,” Mr Weatherley said this month.

“Interaction with IP is a daily occurrence for many young people, and yet it is widely ignored within the education system.

“Government and industry must have clear roles in supporting education professionals by developing and delivering online resources, toolkits and lesson plans with and for teachers so that IP finds its way into the curriculum via different subject areas.”

Education is one of the three guiding principles of Mr Weatherley’s suggested solutions to copyright infringement. He believes that greater enforcement and changes in the way industries operate are also key.

A recent report by the Intellectual Property Office found that there has been a growing awareness about IP law, but the rise of digital technology has meant there are still areas where individuals and businesses are unsure.

At Royds, our experts can provide comprehensive advice on all aspects of intellectual property law, including the latest changes introduced under the Intellectual Property Act. For more information please visit or contact Stephen Welfare or John North.

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