Creative homes will no longer be subject to licence fees, a new Government policy announced today.
The move is part of the Government’s Digital Transformation Programme (DTP), which includes a range of policies aimed at making the UK more open, transparent and democratic.
The Government will ensure creative businesses, artists and designers can make their work freely available for all to view.
The new policy, announced by the Digital Transformation Commissioner, is based on the UK’s Creative Industries Council, which is a key partner in the DTP, the Government said.
“The Digital Transformation Commission’s aim is to ensure that the creative industries are well placed to thrive in the digital age,” it said.
“The Creative Industries Act of 2010 gave the Government the power to create, regulate and create the Digital Economy Agency (DEA) which now operates under the Ministerial and Executive Direction.”
This new policy will ensure that all creative content is available for free, without the need for any licence fee.
“As part of this policy, we have committed to a new creative industries licence fee structure that will allow for creative content to be available for everyone to download and enjoy.”
It is an exciting time for creative businesses and their owners and the Government is committed to ensuring that we all benefit from the UK being a leading place for innovation and creativity.
“By supporting creative industries, we will make sure that we continue to attract talent, attract new businesses, and continue to keep the creative sector growing.”
Creative content is free to download, view and share, as long as the creator is a UK resident.
In recent years, Creative Industries has become a key area of focus for the DTG, which has been examining ways to streamline the UK digital economy.
The DTP includes a number of measures designed to improve the creative sectors’ access to and use of government services, such as Creative Work for All, which aims to make it easier for companies to share their work with the wider public.