The Libraries and Archive Copyright Alliance's response to the Digital Copyright Exchange Feasibility Study.
In November 2011 Richard Hooper was appointed to lead a feasibility study on developing a Digital Copyright Exchange (DCE) in the UK.
The aim of a DCE is to streamline the licensing process for low- to-medium-value usage of in-copyright works by providing a one-stop-shop that enables fast and easy clearance of rights. It was first proposed in the Hargreaves Review.
In January 2012, Hooper invited stakeholders within the creative industries to respond to a call for evidence which asks two questions:
- Whether they agree with the 'Hargreaves Hypothesis' - that the current copyright licensing system is not fit for purpose for the digital age.
- Whether they agree with his proposed definitions, including the market definition.
LACA's response says that it supports the concept of a DCE, believing it would benefit users and creators alike. Libraries and archives could contribute significantly to such a project by making their cultural heritage and research output material available for licensing online.
In March 2012 Hooper published "Rights and Wrongs: is copyright licensing fit for purpose for the digital age?", the Phase 1 diagnostic report of the feasibility study.
The final report, "Copyright Works: streamlining copyright licensing for the digital age", was published in July 2012. It recommended:
- Information and copyright education.
- Registries of rights.
- A marketplace for rights - licensing solutions.
- Help with the orphan works problem.
The Copyright Hub builds upon the DCE concept.