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May 26, 2015  12:04 PM

How the Election may have transformed the prospects for “reform” of the EU

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Ansip, AVMS, content, copyright, Cross-Border, e-IDAS, EEMA, eIDAS, European Union, Facebook, IPR, referendum, Taxation, Troll

David Cameron has not yet fleshed out his "red lines" for the EU reforms he is seeking before putting UK membership to an in-out referendum. It is therefore unclear which of the reforms being called for actually will need Treaty Changes. For example: does

January 14, 2014  7:20 PM

IPO Consults on Copyright on Orphan Works: a rather more important topic that it seems

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BlackBerry, Brussels, copyright, Facebook, Instagram

in the 18th Century those who did not publish that for which they had copyright or manufacture that for which they had a patent were liable to lose their...

April 9, 2013  2:49 PM

IPR Wars: who really are the heroes and villains, winners and losers?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
China, copyright, India, IPR, Patent, protection

I have regularly blogged on the theme of IPR wars over the past

January 27, 2012  8:27 AM

The Great Copyright Conspiracy ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Is the current debate over digital copyright really just a cover for the extension of Internet Censorship paid for by industry? Ian Grant, in his blog entry  "

January 3, 2012  8:56 PM

Will 2012 be the Year that convergence finally happens?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
2003, BDUK, copyright, Edison, IOC, LOCOG, O2, Ofcom

The rise of the smart-phone as the global social networking and on-line browsing device of choice has expedited the convergence  of fixed and mobile communications into "ubiquitous broadband" - even in the UK (which went from leader to laggard...

December 16, 2011  7:30 PM

Will this be the last censorship-free Internet Christmas?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
censorship, copyright, God, Heaven, Hell, Information security, Internet protocol, Jesus, SATAN, YouTube

August 28, 2011  9:56 AM

IPR Wars – will Patent Trolls cost the US its poll position?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, copyright, Google

The current US dominance of the software and content industries is critically dependent on  acceptance, however reluctant, of its global enforcement of domestic Patent and Copyright Laws - despite their known weaknesses and abuse. Three years ago I

April 30, 2010  8:42 AM

The Digital Economy (emergency) Act?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
copyright, IMF, IPR

Last night, at the Convergence Conversation (Digital Economy Bill, Swan or Albatross) there was surprisingly unanimity across Telcos, ISPs and even Content producers that the agreement of the LibDems and...

July 25, 2008  10:36 AM

IPR Wars – will recession concentrate the mind?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BERR, copyright, Gowers, hollywood, IPR, Piracy

Depending on who you talk to, the government-brokered "memorandum of understanding" between the record and film industries and six leading ISPs, (under which the latter will write to those whose systems are supposedly used to exchange "illegally copied" material),...

February 23, 2008  7:06 AM

IPR Wars: fighters scrambled – is the truce over?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
copyright, Digital media, IPR

"Whitehall gives ISPs piracy deadline" was the Financial Times summary headline for the UK Government's attempt to move the creative industries "from the margins to the mainstream of economic and policy thinking"

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