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Hargreaves review unlikely to satisfy anti-piracy lobby

Simon Quicke

The government backed review of intellectual property protection is unlikely to satisfy those in the channel struggling to fight piracy.

The Hargreaves Review has reported back after taking several months to hear from the industry and review best practices in other countries.

Groups including the Business Software Alliance and the Federation Against Software Theft had hoped for stiffer penalties against those that illegally download software.

However the emphasis of the report is around allowing users to download multiple content of legal content and setting up a digital copyright exchange to resolve cases of unknown copyright.

The initial response indicated that some of the moves were welcomes for being sensible but there was not enough of a stick as well as the carrot of allowing wider use of IP.

Only last week the BSA expressed its hopes that the government would do more to protect intellectual property.


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