The report consists of 13 one-page essays by individuals providing a "grassroots" view on copyright and its effect on research in the UK. These include Cambridge Professor of Intellectual Property Lionel Bently; Palestinian musician Reem Kelani; biophysicist Cameron Neylon; and Financial Times columnist and author Richard Donkin; to name a few, showing the breadth of research interest the British Library has brought together. These individuals take a look at the barriers they encounter on a daily basis, providing feedback not only highlighting the obstructions to creativity but also putting forward proposals for reforming UK intellectual property legislation to reflect the needs of today’s researcher.
Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library, introduced the report at the launch. “Underpinning research in the
The launch was attended by Lord Clement-Jones, who spoke about the importance of addressing IPR and praised the efforts of the British Library in bringing attention to this area.