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Still a long road ahead for internet copyright infringement reform

14 September 2016

Commenting on new copyright rules published today by the European Union, Nick McDonald, an IP solicitor and partner with Potter Clarkson, said:

“It is a hugely difficult issue to address, setting copyright owners against what are seen by many as important and automatic rights of access to online content. Indeed, the UK Government’s recent attempts to more heavily regulate online use of content through the Digital Economy Act 2010 ultimately resulted in failure.

“Whilst this is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, most notably the attempt to harmonise the EU with other significant economic blocks, there is still a long way to go before we see an end to widespread copyright infringement through the internet.” 

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