Ivan Lewis MP, Labour’s Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, in response to the Government’s statement on intellectual property, said:
“While I welcome today’s announcement as a step forward, there are still more questions than answers for a Conservative-led Government which has taken more than a year to come forward with proposals which are essential for jobs and growth. Their go slow approach to intellectual property, extended delays to publishing Ofcom’s Initial Obligation Code, and basic drafting errors in the Sharing of Costs statutory instrument, are costing the country millions each year.
“The Government’s decision not to proceed with site blocking regulations in the Digital Economy Act leaves considerable uncertainty about the future. The Newzbin ruling was a victory for the UK’s creative industries and demonstrates that the law of the land must apply online, but the Government is now under pressure to show leadership and ensure there are effective and efficient measures put in place to stop sites from infringing copyright.
“We welcomed the Hargreaves report and its modernisation proposals but the devil is in the detail, so it is important the Government works closely with the industry to ensure that there are no unintended consequences.
“Following today’s announcement it is absolutely crucial that the Government publishes a clear action plan and timeline for delivery in order to avoid the delay and drift of the past year being repeated.”
Ian Lucas MP, Labour’s Shadow Industry Minister, said:
“A strong, modern IP framework is vital to protect British intellectual property and keep the UK internationally competitive across major industries, protecting the science and innovation vital to long-term economic growth that will help get the deficit down. The Tory-led Government needs to act to support small enterprise, entrepreneurs and innovators to develop and exploit their IP.
"International frameworks for IP are vital to UK competitiveness - the Government needs to match their words with action to strengthen frameworks beyond Europe, and publish a timeline and deliverable set for the IP Crime Strategy as soon as possible."