Thu, 15/07/2010 - 07:45
The leaders of Britain's most prominent cultural bodies are to appeal directly to the prime minister not to cause irreparable damage to the arts, reports BBC News. Arts Council England will join organisations like the National Theatre and Tate to make the appeal later.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey has said everybody has to take their...
Wed, 14/07/2010 - 08:15
An addendum to the Digital Economy Act, whereby internet providers are charged for the amount of pirated material they allow to pass through their networks, is to be put forward at a Westminster conference today, the FT reports.
Mon, 12/07/2010 - 12:03
The Publishers Association has reiterated its support for the Defamation Bill currently going through parliament, with chief executive Simon Juden pledging to put the industry's case for change as a priority. The bill, which seeks in part to address libel tourism, received its second reading on Friday (9th July).
Fri, 09/07/2010 - 09:50
Last week the new culture minister Ed Vaizey unveiled the first steps in his strategy for libraries in a keynote speech at the Remodelling Libraries conference in London. Hopes were high after a strong performance in opposition but the speech fell short of the bold agenda some had anticipated.
Gone was the idea of a Library Development...
Thu, 08/07/2010 - 15:00
The MP for Malden John Whittingdale has been elected as the new chair of the All Party Writers Group.
The group said Whittingdale had "taken a keen interest in copyright protection, and supported the Digital Economy Act as it progressed through parliament, quoting him as saying it was needed because “We need to send a signal...
Tue, 06/07/2010 - 15:08
Campaigners are said to be readying themselves for a fight against library cuts in Cambridgeshire, following the launch yesterday of a review of library services in the county.
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Mon, 05/07/2010 - 15:09
Labour MP Lyn Brown is hoping to re-establish the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Libraries and continue campaigning for a library development agency, the idea dropped by new arts minister Ed Vaizey just weeks into his post.
Brown is the former chair of the APGL and was the moving force behind a report into the public library service...
Thu, 01/07/2010 - 12:48
The Digital Economy and Copyright acts are topping the list of laws members of the public are asking to have repealed, as part of the coalition government's pledge to cut unpopular regulations.
The 'Your Freedom' website, on which people are encouraged to submit and...
Mon, 28/06/2010 - 08:30
A Devon-based author has recommended introducing a small fee for book loans from libraries to help maintain the service as local authorities look to cut back spending, the BBC reports.
Michael Jecks, who writes medieval crime fiction, said other than...
Thu, 24/06/2010 - 15:39
The French and European publishing industries must close ranks to lobby for authors’ rights, according to Antoine Gallimard, who was elected president of the French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l’Edition, SNE) today (24th June) as expected.
"We know that intellectual property could be serious undermined...