Apparently David Cameron, the UK prime minister, has grasped that the UK copyright law is rubbish. I learn from this article:
“The founders of Google have said they could never have started their company in Britain,” the prime minister told his audience of thrusting internet entrepreneurs.
“The service they provide depends on taking a snapshot of all the content on the internet at any one time and they feel our copyright system is not as friendly to this sort of innovation as it is in the United States,” he added.
The announcement that followed, of a wholesale review of the UK’s intellectual property (IP) laws, was greeted with unalloyed delight at Google’s California HQ – and left the music industry, ravaged by web piracy, with that all too familiar sinking feeling.
The article is in the Guardian, the house paper of the left-wing establishment, so naturally harps on about the poor dear vested interests. You need not bother to read the remainder of the article.
But it is interesting, therefore, that the PM at least grasps the problem. UK copyright law cripples anyone wanting to contribute to the internet. I have hopes, therefore, of an improvement.