Rupert Bear’s sticky paws part 3:News Corp & The Hargreaves IP Review

 As promised, part 3: Covering the period between publication of the Hargreaves Review into Intellectual Property (May 18th 2011) and the government response to the Review (3 August 2011)

Part 1:

Part 2:

 

FM6 = Evidence to Leveson Enquiry  24th May Exhibit FM6

http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Exhibit-FM6.pdf   (16.9Mb)

[] indicates redacted text in emails.

FM6 p326  Email Frederic Michel to Rohan Silva (special adviser to David Cameron PM)  see blue highlighted text 

Cc:[]

To: Rohan Silva[]

From: Michel, Frederic

Sent: Wed 29/06/2011 10:35:25 AM

Subject: Thank you

So much we can do together!

Thank you for your time!

– would love to connect with Laura at Francis Maude’s office and come sit down with Francis

– we should sit down with Craig/Rupert to discuss growth/innovation

– Hargreaves review: let’s keep talking re-potential leader

– Shoreditch: we should plan a visit with James and GO

– schools: i should hook up with Rachel asap

– big society: happy to make things happen with Steve

Fred

Frederic Michel

Director, Public Affairs Europe

News Corporation

An important proposal in the Hargreaves Review was the creation of a Digital Copyright Exchange  which would require:

“4.35 In order to achieve the necessary momentum to create the Digital Copyright Exchange, a highly respected figure will be needed to lead its formative stage. The goal should be to establish these new arrangements by the end of 2012.” Hargreaves Review Final Report May 2011

Therefore, “potential leader” makes most sense if this refers to the Digital Copyright Exchange.

FM p327 Email From Frederic Michel to Adam Smith (special adviser to Jeremy Hunt)

To: adamsmith[]

From: Michel, Frederic

Sent: Wed 29/06/2011 12:59:41 PM

Subject: Hargreaves

James and I would like to suggest for Jeremy to meet with []from Lazard who we think would be a great choice to lead the Hargreaves work. Would you like his contact details?

Seeing Giles on Monday on Hargreaves.

Would be great to see the draft doc. whenever you’re ready ….

Fred

“James”  is presumably James Murdoch. “Giles” is Giles Wilkes (special adviser to Vince Cable). Wonder who the man from Lazard was? The eventual appointment in November 2011 to lead the Digital Copyright Exchange work was Richard Hooper, Deputy Chairman of OFCOM between 2002 and 2005.   “Draft doc” must be government response that News Corp met Giles Wilkes on 04 July 2011 to discuss (see Part 2:)

FM6 p334  Email Michel to Smith

To:adamsmith~

From:Michel, Frederic

Sent:Fri 01/07/2011 10:47:39 AM

Subject: Are you sending me draft of Hargreaves response?

FM6 p 335 Email Smith to Michel

To:Michel, Frederic[]

From:Adam Smith[]

Sent:Fri 01/07/2011 10:49:17 AM

Subject:Re: Are you sending me draft of Hargreaves response?

not yet. we’re trying to change it so much it won’t be worth it

On Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM, Michel, Frederic [] wrote:

FM6 p337 Michel to Smith

To:’Adam Smith’[]

From:Michel, Frederic

Sent:Fri 01/07/2011 10:59:54 AM

Subject: RE: Are you sending me draft of Hargreaves response?

Ah …… ok …. meeting Giles Monday, morning…J ….so whenever you can

From: Adam Smith [mailto :@[]

Sent: 01 July 2011 11:49 [

To: Michel, Frederic

Subject: Re: Are you sending me draft of Hargreaves response?

not yet. we’re trying to change it so much it won’t be worth it

On Fri, Jul 1,2011 at 11:47 AM, Michel, Frederic [] wrote

FM6 p340 Michel to Smith

To:’Adam Smith’[]

From:Michel, Frederic

Sent:Mon 04/07/2011 9:57:46 AM

Subject:RE: Are you sending me draft of Hargreaves response?

Whenever you’re ready to send it…

I will debrief you after our meeting with Giles this morning

From: Adam Smith [mailto:@[] Sent: 01 July 2011 11:49

To: Michel, Frederic

Subject: Re: Are you sending me draft of Hargreaves response? not yet. we’re trying to change it so much it won’t be worth it

On Fri, Jul 1,2011 at 11:47 AM, Michel, Frederic [] wrote:

“Trying to change it so much it won’t be worth it”. What can I say?  The thread above suggests a struggle was going on between DCMS and the IPO, inside BIS,  over the government response.

“The response accepts all ten of Professor Hargreaves’ recommendations. The Government’s goal is to have measures in place by the end of this Parliament that will realise the Review’s vision and deliver real value to the UK economy, and to the creators and users of Intellectual Property (IP).”

Government response to Hargreaves Review  published August 2011

One can only wonder what the response would have been if the News of the World hacking scandal hadn’t broken and made the over-close links between government and powerful business interests so apparent ?

Next post, I’ll try to pull the threads together and produce a summary. The gist. The government response and consultation paper published in December 2011 augur well for copyright reform in the UK. But there is still a long way to go.  So, lobbyists and back channel nobblers- keep your sticky paws off the Hargreaves Review.  This time give copyright reform a fair chance.  

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