Journalism Professor To Lead UK's Copyright Review?

from the not-economics? dept

We recently pointed out that the UK is about to undergo yet another "big review" of copyright laws. Of course, they already did that just four years ago -- and then proceeded to ignore many of the key findings in that "Gowers Report." It was named that, of course, because the team that put it together was run by Andrew Gowers, a former journalist. So, apparently the current UK leadership is going back to the same well to lead this new report as well, and have picked journalism professor Ian Hargreaves to lead the effort. Nothing against journalism professors -- but it does make you wonder why the UK government isn't interested in having an actual economist lead a study on the economic impact of copyright laws and various potential copyright law changes.


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    Crosbie Fitch (profile), Nov 11th, 2010 @ 2:23am

    Reviewing the White Elephant

    When they realise there's no point in reviewing the layout of deckchairs AGAIN, perhaps they'll think about abolishing copyright and legislating for natural/moral rights alone?

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 11th, 2010 @ 2:47am

    Qualified Experts = Trouble

    When the people asked for an opinion are actually qualified to give it, it can cause a lot of trouble when you have to ignore them ...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 11th, 2010 @ 3:31am

    I don't think any one person should be doing something like that, it should be a panel.

    But this is not serious is just for show, so you get a puppet there and make him say whatever others want him to say.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 11th, 2010 @ 4:44am

    Because (mainstream media) journalists are too stupid to come up with a sensible conclusion and will more likely come up with a conclusion that's consistent with their conflict of interests.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 11th, 2010 @ 5:47am

    They already did a study on the economic impact. Specifically, the economic impact on their wallets. Unfortunately, you don't need to be an expert to point out how stupid current copyright law is, and the random people they hire keep coming out with reports full of inconvenient facts.
    No problem, just ignore 'em. Campaign contributions all around! The BSA's buying tonight!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 11th, 2010 @ 7:14am

    Screw the UK. They allow no freedom. They are socialists in the highest extreme. The state giveth and the state taketh away.

     

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    cannonfodder, Nov 11th, 2010 @ 8:06am

    All parts of the Gowers Report that benefited freedom or benefited anyone by the BPI, MPAA was ignored the first time around so why do we have to pay to repeat the process, get get the Gowers Report out of the bin and actually read it instead of bending over for the corporate shills.

     

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    cannonfodder (profile), Nov 11th, 2010 @ 8:08am

    Who are the Scum!

    RIAA, CRIA, SOUNDEXCHANGE, BPI, PRS, IFPI, ASCAP, Ect:

    # Sony BMG
    # Warner Music Group
    # Universal Music Group
    # EMI

    MPAA, MPA, FACT, AFACT, Ect:

    # Sony Pictures
    # Warner Bros. (Time Warner)
    # Universal Studios (NBC Universal)
    # The Walt Disney Company
    # 20th Century Fox (News Corporation)
    # Paramount Pictures Viacom—(DreamWorks owners since February 2006)

     

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    lrobbo (profile), Jun 12th, 2012 @ 11:42am

    Free you say, we don't have that on the planet UK.

     

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