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Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth (UK Intellectual Property Office) - TSI/ACTSO/TSNW joint response - March 2011

TSI/ACTSO/TSNW joint response (PDF 105KB). TSI, the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers, and Trading Standards North West identifies the need to set an equitable balance between 'fair use' and 'infringement'. There is a risk that any relaxation of the current copyright protection regime could create a 'counterfeiters' charter' by creating a veneer of legitimacy for criminal activities. Such an environment would be more costly for businesses as it would increase the need for civil action in order to protect their rights.