Vaizey: ‘Monetising content requires robust copyright’

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, has stressed the importance for the creative industries of being able to monetise their efforts.

Delivering a Keynote address at the Let’s Go Connected event in London, Vaizey noted that the creative industries were a UK success story, with the digital landscape “unrecognisable” from a few years ago. He admitted that this brought about a number of challenges, such as technology and regulation which would need to be address and updated.

He said the continued existence of the sector depended on the ability of creatives to monetise their work. “And that requires a robust and properly-enforced copyright framework,” he declared, saying that this would ensure that creatives were fairly rewarded for their endeavour.

“We’ve supported enforcement initiatives,” he advised. “For example the creation of the police IP crime unit and working with the industry on Creative Content UK, and this support remains firmly in place. There should be absolutely no doubt about that.”

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