Copyright Hub — what is it and what will it do?

As part of the government’s ongoing initiative to modernise the way we perceive and deal in copyright works in the UK, it recently released a beta version of the Copyright Hub, an online portal where users can upload or search against copyright works, facilitating licensing and consumer interaction.

‘The Copyright Hub is your gateway to information about copyright in the UK. It points you in the right direction whether you want to learn about copyright, get permission to use somebody else’s work or find out about protecting your work.’ — www.copyrighthub.co.uk.

The Copyright Hub has evolved from the seminal review conducted by Prof Hargreaves on copyright in the UK for a digital age. Among other conclusions, Hargreaves was critical of access to copyright works and the difficulties that consumers often encounter in locating and identifying copyright owners. Following the review, it was recommended by the government that a not-for-profit, industry-led copyright hub be established…

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