David Cameron’s ‘Google-model’ vision for copyright under fire

It was a speech delivered last autumn by David Cameron, setting out his vision for a “Silicon Roundabout” in Shoreditch, east London, that first gave ammunition to the conspiracy theorists.”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.

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