The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD and the Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock TD have welcomed the publication of the report of the independent Copyright Review Committee, entitled ‘Modernising Copyright’.

The report is aimed at identifying any barriers for innovation in the digital environment, and developing proposals for reducing them in order to provide greater support for growth and jobs in the digital industry.

The publication of the report marks delivery of a key commitment in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.

Minister Bruton and Minister Sherlock now propose that the recommendations of the report will be carefully examined with other departments and agencies involved with the intention of bringing forward legislative proposals for reform in this area to stimulate innovation and to ensure that Ireland is well positioned to meet the needs of the digital environment.

“The digital industry is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, and in the past two years we have put in place a range of measures to support growth in this sector, including changes to increase the number of people with relevant skills coming through the education and work permit systems,” said Minister Bruton.

“In the past two years we have seen significant jobs growth in this sector. However if we are to sustain and accelerate this we must continually look over the next horizon and examine possible changes that could improve our international offering in this area. 

“That is why we commissioned this report to look at possible barriers to innovation in this sector and measures we could take to remove them and support further growth and innovation.”