New IP Law Proposed For Jersey E-Commerce
Friday, October 15, 2010
Jersey’s Economic Development Minister, Alan Maclean has lodged the draft
Intellectual Property (Unregistered Rights) (Jersey) Law, which will establish
Jersey as a more attractive center for e-commerce.
Upon tabling the draft Law, Maclean said, “Updating and improving this
law, which is nearly 100 years old, is crucial if Jersey is to be seen as a
serious player in the knowledge economy.”
"It will modernize rights for the digital age and, by bringing Jersey
in line with the most recent international standards for copyright, it will
be a vital tool in our efforts to promote innovation in the island and attract
Current copyright law in Jersey was devised in a time before the Internet and
even before television, he explained.
The creative industries, particularly software, computer games and electronic
publishing, have shown impressive growth rates elsewhere. They are very active
in the area of e-commerce and depend on copyright. It is hoped that updating
Jersey’s law will encourage growth in the island too because Jersey will
be a safer place for the creative industries to locate and expand.
The new law will give clearer rights to those who create and disseminate valuable
content online. It will also provide a framework so that the creators of intellectual
property in media, such as music, newspapers, video games, books, paintings
and films, will be able to protect their investments and be financially rewarded
for that creativity.
Maclean hopes it will help develop the conditions that will create new jobs
in the island.