The final paper on the "Copying Without Infringing" programme today was delivered by Harbottle & Lewis solicitor Mark Owen, who is no stranger to the blogosphere (see here and here). Speaking on Where should our IP laws come from?", Mark tackled the copying-without-infringing theme from the legislative angle, where lawmakers must find the right point of balance between IP producers, consumers and increasingly powerful intermediaries.
|IP suffers from a lack of leadership ...|
If legislative activity in the UK is slow, it's even slower in the European Union and beyond, in the international sphere.
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record for knowing the score ...
Mark also raised the extent to which more informal or voluntary arrangements such as codes of practice and domain name dispute resolution programmes can play a part. He painted a positive picture of their potential benefits in terms of speed, cost and lower emotional commitment.
Moving on to recent government initiatives (to make the country "fit for the digital age"), including the Hargreaves Review, Mark faced no hardship in trying to show a lack of joined-up thinking. The gaps which Mark illustrated formed the basis of a job description for an IP coordinator for UK plc: an IP Tsar (or other such title).