#UK could have flooded world with #iPods - Sir Humphrey • The Register:
Analysis Britain could have invented the iPod – if it wasn't for a copyright law that everyone ignores. So says the UK government in a remarkable economic justification of the so-called "Google Review", the Review of IP and Growth led by Ian Hargreaves. The document was written for the government by civil servants at the IPO, part of the business department BIS.Hmm, I can of a company that might have a tiny problem with the assertion that a UK firm could have made a hardrive that played music when you plugged headphones into it.
"UK firms were unable to initiate this type of innovation because of the private copying restraints," the bureaucrats assert. They go on to predict that lots of innovation will instantly materialise if the format-shifting exemption is introduced without compensation, and that British consumer electronics companies will once again rule the world – bringing in unimaginable wealth.