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update:06 Apr. Uncorrected transcript of meeting now out. See “The lion & the lamb shall lie down together” for excerpts and further comments. Yes, I know it’s a wierd title but there is a Handel to it.. Maybe for the “creatives” Google is not the New-Evil after all.
Caught up with Jeremy Hunt on parliamentary TV appearing before the HOC select committee for Culture Media & Sport (CMS) on March 30th. http://bit.ly/etk5wN about changes in responsibilities of the CMS.
Interesting questions to him about the Hargreaves review from Louise Bagshawe MP. 7:00-11:20 mins. BIS started Hargreaves but CMS & Hunt are now very much involved- he’ll want to see report before publication. . Implementation of report will be joint CMS/BIS responsibility but CMS will take lead on aspects that affect digital economy. I would guess he’s thinking copyright for CMS (the rest patents etc. for BIS). Bagshawe said that creative sector was very concerned that they had no rep on Hargreaves panel -saw it as an all “open rights” panel- they felt that Hargreaves was cold shouldering creative sector, gave examples. Hunt didn’t seem to disagree. Got the feeling I was watching two suave politicians “understanding” each other very well. Doing a little act for us all.
This lead me onto digging around CMS select committee site. Seems they are running their own inquiry into “Protection of Intellectual Property Rights Online” set up at same time as Hargreaves. Latest deadline for submissions now May 6th. Terms of reference closely match Hargreaves viz. copyright . Even mentions “fair-use”. Till now hadn’t heard of this enquiry. I’d bet Bagshawe is leading within the committee on this one and she seems very pro-creatives and the need for strong IP protection for them. The BPI line. Therefore, no fair-use, if CMS have got anything to do with it- and Hunt was very clear, now they have.
Problem there is they have to offer Dynamic Dave some wiggle room to save face after he got the hots for Google and the Shoreditch websluts and instigated the Hargreaves review. No. 10 could try to spin format shifting for the masses (cd to mp3, which,apparently, even the BPI aren’t holding out against) as “fair-use”. Don’t know whether that will be enough- after all the reaction of most people will be: So What, Prime Minister- you mean it was illegal- well I never. I’d love to be a fly on the wall as various men in grey work out how to sex up the Hargreaves report to make it look as though Cameron has partially got his way.
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