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Re: UK to review its IP laws?
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- Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 19:22:28 EST
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In my view Fred's analysis of the UK government's position contains an element of wishful thinking. It is, to put it mildly, very business-friendly and its close links to the Murdochs (as with the previous administration) don't offer much hope of an adventurous or courageous approach to IP issues. During the recent cuts senior ministers have said a lot about the need to develop the UK's creative industry sector, which is hardly indicative of a willingness to open the IP windows. I might be wrong, and certainly some easing of the commercial use definitions would be welcome and helpful. Tony McSean +42 4702 1067 From: FrederickFriend [mailto:email@example.com] To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Sat, 13 Nov 2010 03:36:29 +0000 Subject: Re: UK to review its IP laws John is certainly right that we in the UK have been here before, and that making any change in UK law will not happen immediately. However, the underlying swell for change is certainly stronger than it was even in 2006. There is a growing realisation of the value of openness in all its forms, and a growing realisation of the need to remove barriers to change which inhibit economic growth. We also have a new Government which has shown a willingness to tackle difficult political issues head-on if they are convinced that it is in the national interest to do so. Copyright law in the UK is long overdue for reform in the light of technological changes since 1988, so it will be interesting to see how Professor Hargreaves and his team approach the need for change. I do hope that all stakeholders will approach this opportunity in a positive spirit. Fred Friend JISC Scholarly Communication Consultant Honorary Director Scholarly Communication UCL
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