Harriet Harman has said that Labour will defend intellectual property as part of its plan for growth in the arts.

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Labour will defend intellectual property as part of its plan for growth in the creative industries, according to Harriet Harman.

The shadow culture secretary and deputy leader of the party said that Labour was working on a five-point plan for growth in the sector, which employs thousands of freelance workers and contractors.

Alongside provision of skills and activities for young people and encouraging investment, the plan includes a “strong championing” of intellectual property, Ms. Harman added. This could potentially help to protect the rights of contractors in the creative industries, but prove beneficial to those working in other sectors as well.

Ideas also included increasing access to funding, possibly by opening up opportunities for crowdfunding for equity and loans.

Speaking at the Labour Arts Policy Event last week, Ms. Harman roundly criticised the government’s approach to the arts and creative industries, citing cuts of nearly a third to the Arts Council budget and the stigmatisation of arts patrons as tax dodgers, while emphasising the “talent and determination” of the creative community as a whole.


By Victoria McDonnell

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