I believe that copyright laws should be reformed to reflect needs of citizens in the Internet age
Benjamin Ellis commented
Would be good to see a prohibition on software patents, but I assume this would have to be at a European level.
Dave Levy commented
Possibly my No. 1 as well. We need a rock solid consumer Fair Use rights, maybe everyone should get a non-commercial, derivatives allowed right to use digital content, may be it needs to be put in the context of a "first sale" doctrine, but copyright periods should be drastically reduced, there needs to be a duty of maintenance, and copyright holders should not be allowed to sell the right pursue those in breach of what remains.
Further to my comment on your blog, you might find this useful/interesting: http://www.thersa.org/projects/past-projects/adelphi-charter
AdminTom Watson (Admin, Digital Pledges) commented
Thanks all. I want to move to a fair use style reform but think a general statement makes the point. Will think how I can include these points. A friend also reminded me that software patents should also be included in the statement. I'll make sure I refine it.
Essential pledge, the current copyright laws are out of date, and the seriously flawed digital economy bill serves to prop up the obsolete business model of the music industry et al.
It is time for an update and reboot. Great pledge, it gets my vote. Wish I lived in your constituency and you would get my vote in the election too, as it is I can't vote labour because my mp couldn't even be bothered turning up to debate it. She still gets her emails on dead trees. None of the staff in her office knew anything about it either.
One of the best ways to do this might be to enshrine some general rights/principles in law (e.g., extending principles of fair use, freedom of speech etc).
Dave Cole commented
Reformed, certainly, but how? I recognise that identification of the problem is a start, but don't feel you've presented a policy, unless you're suggesting a debate or something like a royal commission.
Mark Goodge commented
At the risk of blowing my own trumpet, can I refer you to my own blog post on the subject and my letter published in The Times: