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October 29, 2012 | Jim Killock

ORG says IP Committee has missed the point

Reacting to the All Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group's report, Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group said:

"We welcome the group's desire for evidence based policy but think this sits ill with its' call to move the Intellectual Property Office to the Department of Culture Media and Sport, which has had a dire record of inventing policy initiatives without a shred of evidence.

"Last year, we challenged in theDCMS to reveal evidence it had for various copyright enforcement initiatives it was promoting, and the department had to admit they had none.

"The IPO has done a great job of looking at copyright reform, which the report acknowledges as trying to achieve a 'balance' of competing interests. It would be wrong to move to representing only one part of this equation."

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