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Copyright law needs to catch up with 21st century

February 10, 2004 12:00 AM

In an Adjournment debate today, Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington will be highlighting a constituent's claim of copyright theft. Mr Brake's debate on 'Government policy on media intellectual property rights' will centre on Wallington resident Alan Brunwin's allegation that his idea for a children's cartoon show has been used without his agreement by a television production company. The television production company denies Mr Brunwin's claims.

Mr Brake will say:

"Copyright law needs to catch up with the 21st century.

"A lot of business is about ideas rather than concrete designs and new inventions. In order to promote potential UK creative talent, we must safeguard and enforce intellectual property rights.

"This debate will also draw attention to tackling the counterfeiting and piracy which cripples our music, software and film industries. Widespread and separate breaches of copyright highlight the need for a wider detailed review of copyright and intellectual property laws at an international level."