The government is considering implementing a number of measures contained in the Hargreaves Review on copyright and intellectual property, according to the author of the report.
Ian Hargreaves said at a Westminster Forum event on Tuesday that he is broadly confident that a number of his recommendations are being considered, based on feedback at a ministerial level.
"It's possible there is enough strategic shared interests here that ministers will be able to go through with [the review], and the indications I have are that ministers are expecting to carry this forward, although not necessarily in every detail," he said.
"My level of confidence is better than it was when I started the Review and before it was published. Since publication it seems to have been broadly welcomed so I remain confident, but I don't take [its adoption] for granted."
Hargreaves has argued that the government must make changes to the laws around copyright and intellectual property, as the current legal framework is out of date and will not accomodate the growth of digital technologies.
"There is no doubt that the UK's intellectual property arrangements are not as good as they need to be to serve the rapidly changing, digitally propelled economy and all that goes with it," he said.
"Four reviews in six years and such inconclusive debate shows that we need a different institutional structure around intellectual property regulation. The Intellectual Property Office needs to become capable of delivering the rapid organic change as technology evolves in our economy."
Hargreaves also outlined 10 key recommendations in the report, including the need for stronger international agreements on intellectual property protection and enforcement, the creation of a Digital Copyright Exchange and the need to be flexible to future changes.
"How copyright adapts to changes in technology that we don't yet know about is the subject of some of the most ambitious proposals [in the Review] to pursue at an EU level exceptions in law designed for the future expressive and creative uses of copyright works," he said.
The Hargreaves Review was commissioned by prime minister David Cameron when he came to office in 2010. It was published in May and was broadly welcomed by industry commentators.
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