[Blogs.Computerworlduk] Copyright: Finally, the Evidence is Coming

Back in 2011, I noted that one of the most significant achievements of the Hargreaves report was its shockingly revolutionary suggestion that copyright policy should be based on the available evidence, not "lobbynomics". The fact that this even had to be said shows to what depths policy-making had sunk - something clearly demonstrated by the disgraceful Digital Economy Act, or the extension of copyright term for musical performances, both of which were passed despite the evidence, rather than because of it. [...]

Sixty-one percent of Germans would pay a small broadband fee to compensate creators in return for legalized file sharing. [...]

Those last figures are quite remarkable and unexpected. They show the value of conducting this kind of research, since it can reveal hitherto unsuspected trends that could have substantial impact on the formulation of appropriate policy for maximising the benefit of copyright for all stakeholders. [...]