The submissions to the Hargreaves Review have now been loaded on to the IPO website. Mark was involved in writing the section on SMEs in the joint submission by the Law Society of England and Wales, the Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Association and the City of London Law Society. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the submissions offer a very wide range of views. We were pleasantly surprised to see a submission by the English IP judges, who recommended (among other things) a comprehensive review and re-writing of the UK copyright legislation. Some other contributors made more specific recommendations for new exceptions to copyright in relation to digital copyright works.
Surely ripe for abolition in the current Government spending cuts is a body called Consumer Focus, who produced an unbelievably long (94 page) submission to the Review. (In fact, their website says they are due to be abolished – hurray!)