Software isn't the same as music or video


Software isn't the same as music or video

The submissions are coming in from the industry to the Hargreaves Review to ensure that as the recommendations around protecting intellectual property are made the software world will have made sure it's had a chance to get the right points across.

The latest to make its views known is FAST which has made a submission calling on Hargreaves to remember that software is different from films and music and as a result it needs to be given different treatment in the review.

One thing is already clear, with most of those that have publicly revealed their submissions noting that there needs to be more protection of IP but there also has to be a greater global synchronisation to make sure that the efforts of developers in the UK are not undermined from abroad and can provide decent export revenue.

One thing the FAST submission does start to make you wonder is if the way that creative industries are all lumped together is actually destructive because films, music and software arev facing different challenges.

We all wait and see what Hargreaves recommends but hopefully the FAST submission will have provoked some different thoughts about software.

This was first published in March 2011

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