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Hooper: AV industry should streamline copyright

June 28, 2012

By Colin Mann

Richard Hooper, who chairs the UK’s Digital Copyright Exchange Feasibility Study, has suggested that perceived justification for illegally downloading copyrighted music or films would be reduced if the respective sectors were to streamline processes for accessing such material..

Briefing delegates at the Future of Broadcasting Conference in London on progress on the study, Hooper observed that illegal downloaders felt “justified” in their activity if they could find their desired material legally. “If the audiovisual industry continues streamlining, then justification for copyright infringement will drop away,” he predicted, suggesting that the next five years would see such processes in place.

Hooper will present the findings of the next stage at the end of July, prior to the UK parliamentary recess.

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