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Alliance Response to Government's Online Harms White Paper

Following today’s publication by the UK Government of the Online Harms White Paper, the Alliance for Intellectual Property comments:

“Alliance members represent diverse business sectors which create, develop, distribute and sell innovative and exciting goods, services and content to consumers in the UK and worldwide through myriad channels and outlets.

We welcome the Government’s proposals to protect UK citizens from harmful activity online. However, the paper fails to address the harmful activity that affects businesses, in terms of revenue generation, investment and creative innovation, which has a downstream impact on employees and wider society. Any activity which ignores or abuses the terms on which services are enabled through online access has a lasting and detrimental effect on individuals. This includes online fraud, scams, malware, phishing and the sale of poor quality and deficient goods featuring alongside sophisticated international organised crime networks involved in counterfeiting and piracy.

Intellectual Property is the lifeblood of the UK economy, fostering innovation, economic growth and jobs which benefit communities and society at large. We are keen to work with Government to develop further proposals to protect creators, consumers and businesses to enable even greater growth in the next decade.”

View the Government's Online Harms White Paper here.

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8 April 2019

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