Greens confirm copyright policy review

Greens confirm copyright policy review

The Green Party is to review its policy on copyright following protests by authors and publishers.

In a policy document released last week the party said it wanted to reduce copyright terms to a maximum of 14 years.

A spokesman for the party confirmed the policy was for 14 years after the production of a work, although former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas said she understood that the 14-year term would begin at the death of the creator. The party has today confirmed it is the latter, though the detail remains subject to consultation.

In a statement released today (27th April) on its party website, the Green Party said it is now undertaking a review of its copyright policy, “including inviting representatives of the creative sector, such as writers, artists, musicians, illustrators, and composers to a special session of its next conference”.

Party leader Natalie Bennett said: " We are committed to an approach that is fair to all. Our long-term vision, agreed some years ago, includes a proposed copyright length of 14 years after death, but we want to ensure any detailed proposals are subject to full consultation. We also recognise the need to bring copyright law up to date to better reflect the demands of the digital age and to find innovative ways to support struggling artists."

Lucas said: “I am proud that we are backing the arts and listening to those people who have told us that it's important to support struggling artists."

Authors and illustrators including Philip Pullman, Jojo Moyes, Samantha Shannon, Sarah McIntyre and Jessie Burton had protested against the Green Party’s proposal. Richard Mollet, chief executive of the Publishers Association, said the policy shows "absence of rigour or sense", while the Society of Authors said “such a proposal would mean that authors could not survive”.