Report will recommend amending the rules around "format shifting", leaving the industry and government free to focus on issues such as tackling web piracy.

This article titled “Report calls for overhaul of UK copyright law” was written by Mark Sweney, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 17th May 2011 06.53 UTC

The government is to be urged to relax UK intellectual property laws to make it easier for people’s work to be parodied, potentially paving the way for the more robust humour seen in US programmes such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Professor Ian Hargreaves’ wide-ranging report on intellectual property will recommend that the government scrap strict laws on parody that often deter comedians and other content creators – including those who make videos for internet services such as YouTube – from caricaturing people’s work without permission.

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