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Government Announces Copyright Law Review

The government is set to review the UK’s copyright laws to "make them fit for the internet age," prime minister David Cameron has announced.

Cameron is seeking to relax the laws to allow more people to use copyrighted material without the owners’ permission.

The six-month review will look to remove many of the potential barriers that block internet-based business models from succeeding in the UK and how to help small businesses better make use of and protect their intellectual property.

It will also seek to discern what the UK can learn for US copyright laws and the use of copyrighted material without the owners’ permission, the BBC reports (opens in new tab).

"Over there, [US] they have what are called 'fair-use' provisions, which some people believe gives companies more breathing space to create new products and services,” Cameron said at an event in East London.

"So I can announce today that we are reviewing our IP laws, to see if we can make them fit for the internet age. I want to encourage the sort of creative innovation that exists in America."

Although the announcement was welcomed by campaigners, claiming that it will be a boost for small businesses, it is set to be opposed by the music and film industries standing against copyright reform.