The British government gives backing to mashup culture, the record industry wants to impose stricter music copyright.

MusicThing points us to an interesting part of Gordon Brown’s annual Budget speech yesterday. It seems that while there will be an increased effort to deter music and film pirates, he also wants make it easier to produce ‘transformative works’. The Times says: “The report suggests that exemptions to copyright law should be allowed for “transformative works”. The Times reports:

The Chancellor is expected to point out that 25 years ago the market value of top British companies was no more than the value of their physical assets. Now it is five times their physical value because of the advantage that flows from knowledge, ideas and creative products.

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