An independent Copyright Review Committee was established in May 2011 to examine the Irish copyright and legislative framework to identify areas that might be deemed to create barriers to innovation and to make recommendations to resolve any problems identified.
The Committee conducted an initial consultation during the summer of 2011 and received submissions from a broad spectrum of interested parties. It published a comprehensive Consultation Paper in February, 2012 examining the current legislative framework, setting out issues raised in the submissions and requesting responses to specific questions from those interested in these issues including Rights-holders, Collecting Societies, Intermediaries, Users, Entrepreneurs and Heritage Institutions.
In the region of 180 submissions were received in this round of consultation in 2012 in which many complex and substantial matters were raised. These have now been evaluated and work on the Report is at an advanced stage.
I am aware that my Department previously indicated that the independent Copyright Review Committee expected to present their final report before the end of June 2013. However, this did not prove possible. Indications now are that the Report will be finalised by the Committee by mid-July 2013.