Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)

The World Trade Organisation defines Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) as “the rights given to persons over the creations of their minds. They usually give the creator an exclusive right over the use of his/her creation for a certain period of time.” As such upholding and respecting intellectual property must be a core function of the Internet ecosystem.

IPRs have an impact on all almost all sectors of business with copyright having a particular emphasis in the gaming, music, images, sports, and video industries. As the explosion in high-quality online content from these sectors has blossomed, fuelling billions in investment and even spawned whole new industries, IPRS and copyright become ever more relevant.

Intellectual property has become a focal point for some of the most important debates over the future of the Internet. If IPRs are not effectively enforced, much of what makes the Internet such a vibrant tool for creativity, information, communication and commerce is at stake. Indeed, entire industries are struggling to protect and monetise their IPRs in the face of new business models which undermine IPR mechanisms, dis-incentivising future investment and innovation, thus diminishing competition online.

Creators should feel free to share their content online without fear of non-attribution or piracy. Rogue websites and peer-to-peer networks remain a huge threat to IPR holders and it is encumbent on all players, to act firmly to ensure that illegal sites do not propsper at the expense of copyright and IPR. New payment models need to be created that take the needs of the creative and online communities into consideration.

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IPR in the News

Groups face the conundrum of cyber crime The Financial Times, February 24th, 2014
Safeguarding your intellectual property rights The Economic Times, January 27th, 2014
UK copyright reforms to take effect in April 2014 Out-law.com, December 19th, 2013

ICOMP Blogs on IPR

Google must stop letting pirates aboard the “HMS Creative Industry” September 26th, 2013 by ICOMP Secretariat Google is facing widespread criticism in the UK today for its “derisory” attempts to curb music and film piracy. The ... read more
“A strong IP regime is an engine of growth, NOT a barrier” says UK broadcaster March 12th, 2013 by ICOMP Secretariat This morning ICOMP attended the UK Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s eighth evidence session to explore the ways in which ... read more
Almunia issues strongest warning yet to Google January 11th, 2013 by ICOMP Secretariat Last night, the European Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia issued his clearest criticism to date of Google’s business practices, revealing ... read more

Relevant White Papers

UK flag Profiting From Free: the scourge of online piracy and how industry can helpOctober 16th, 2013
UK flag ICOMP Submission to the Independent Review of Intellectual Property and GrowthMarch 7th, 2011
UK flag Intellectual Property on the Internet: The search for sustainable business practicesJuly 1st, 2010