Feeds

'Hey, Tories, who knows what a nontrepreneur is?’

Andrew does the Conservative Party Fringe

The essential guide to IT transformation

The Right on copyright

First Jeff Lynn said he was happy with the court procedures as they stood. After my challenge, and I pointed out it cost £1m and took 18 months to take down Newsbinz, he said he was in favour of fast-tracked procedures for blocking, as long as “due process” (he’s American) could be respected. He’d be surprised if due process could be performed in two hours, though.

(I thought that waving a piece of paper in front of a judge usually works.)

The other two panelists didn’t offer an enforcement proposal they favoured.

Pirate Party Blokes

While it was a circuitous discussion, the panelists nevertheless made some interesting points. Jeff Lynn said it had got easier to start a business here if you were from overseas – a real change. I was impressed by Nick Pickles, who seems to have lots of jobs and interests – a music photographer, briefly tech PR – not what you expect from a parliamentary candidate. Much of his writing is against copyright enforcement measures, but he said he’d had to face the reality of infringement, and the effect piracy was having on his business.

He was quite passionate about data protection, too.

"The last Data Protection Act was written before Google existed," he said. "That’s a fascinating thought now. Huge stores of personal data exist now and the rules we use to protect privacy were written when the worst thing could happened to data was that a paper record was lost.

“The Information Commissioner has called three times for extension of DPA to include prison sentences.”

Pickles called for a lot of government data to be opened up for new uses. It’s hard to argue with that.

As I left the Fringe I reflected on how strange it was to find myself explaining that markets hadn’t been created – and to be on a panel of people arguing against enforcing property rights.

We’re invited to believe two things. Although humans are endlessly inventive, we’ve created something for the first time in modern history where property rights don’t apply and where markets can’t be created. Incredibly, doing these two thing is beyond our imaginative capabilities. The internet must truly be from another planet!

"Digital networks are depicted as forces of nature. The idea that anyone might try to shape the future, to influence events, to innovate with an outcome, is seen as foolish – or indeed out-of-touch," said one media mogul two years ago.

Don’t apply traditional rights to it, don’t try and stop it. Leave it all to Google.

Strange times, indeed. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?
Do Brits risk arrest for watching beheading video nasty? We asked the fuzz
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco
'Reset rating keeps secrets on one-dole-to-rule-them-all plan', say MPs
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours
US judge questions harsh sentence sought by prosecutors
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'
Don't pretend it's a freedom of speech issue – interim commish
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives
Department of Transportation starts cogs turning for another wireless comms standard
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.