The Review will provide an analysis of these issues, seek to identify others, and report with targeted and practical policy recommendations as appropriate. The Review will also fulfil the Government’s existing commitment to examine whether the current term of protection on sound recordings and performers’ rights in sound recordings is appropriate.
In many cases the Review’s recommendations will focus on how the Government might address these issues domestically. However, much of IP policy is agreed in an international context, and is often subject to EU legislation or international treaties and conventions. The Review may therefore also make policy recommendations at the international level, considering how best the Government can continue to take a lead internationally. It will bear in mind the need to balance the Government’s aims of promoting innovation, openness to trade and investment, and international development concerns. It will also consider how best to influence the European Commission’s agenda on intellectual property policy in the EU, including its review of legislation on copyright and related rights.
Moreover, with the increasing pace of technological change, in particular the spread of digital technology and growing use of the Internet, the Review will seek to provide a solid foundation for the Government’s long term strategic vision for IP policy, based on sound economic principles. Its key aim is to ensure IP systems remain appropriate in the face of global economic and technological change and the increased importance of the knowledge economy worldwide.