The BPI has welcomed Business Secretary Vince Cable’s announcement of new plans to have the Intellectual Property Office more involved in the combat of piracy and education surrounding IP protection.
“BPI has argued for some time that the IPO should take on a more active role in educating young people about how IP affects them in the digital world,” said BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor.
“We are very pleased to hear Government’s announcement today of a new campaign. We hope that it will be supported by significant funding, so that it can make a real difference in boosting the use of legal music services online.”
Cable announced a new range of IPO services today with an aim to improve services to business, strengthen enforcement and educate consumers about IP protection.
Cable announced intentions to launch a superfast patent processing service at the Intellectual Property Office and a campaign to educate smaller businesses about getting the best value for their creativity and innovation.
The IPO will also deliver action to help young people understand the impact of illegal downloading as well as working with partners such as the City of London Police to tackle online piracy and wider IP crime.
The new measures will come into effect in 2013.