Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Public willing to pay for downloads

At the inaugural meeting of the All Party Writers Group last week, the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) announced the findings of their recent survey into consumer attitudes to creators whose work is re-used in the digital environment.

55% of those questioned in the survey into public attitudes to copyright in the digital age, believe writers and other creators of works that are subsequently made available online should be paid fairly for this digital re-use of their work. Of these, 70% said they would be willing to pay a 'reasonable sum' to be able to download such work.

"It's enormously encouraging," says Dr Ian Gibson MP, Chair of the Group. "If there is consumer will to make sure writers and other creators are rewarded for the work they create which is then made available on-line, it will be far easier to look after writers and ensure they are given fair recognition and reward for their contribution."

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