A couple of weeks ago I posted in full the near-final version of my submission to the UK Independent Review of "IP" and Growth (sorry, the deadline's passed if you felt a sudden urge to follow suit...). Arguably, it was the most important review that we've had for a long time in this area, but that doesn't mean there aren't others worthy of your attention.
For example, very much along the lines of the UK review, there's one from the European Commission called "Consultation on the Commission Report on the enforcement of intellectual property rights":
The objective of the consultation is to prompt the views of other European institutions, the Member States and private stakeholders on the findings reflected in the report on the application of the Directive and the technical paper attached to it. The consultation in particular is aimed at verifying the information provided in the report and at identifying additional issues that should be addressed in the context of a possible review of the Directive.
This has to be submitted by 31 March, and I hope to publish something on this soon.
Alternatively, you might like to take part in this survey from the Cabinet Office on the very hot topic of Open Standards in the Public Sector:
Government must be better connected to the people it serves and partners who can work with it – especially small businesses, voluntary and community organisations. Government ICT must play a fundamental role in making life easier and I want to ensure that it does.
One of our first goals is to organise Government data and systems using an agreed set of standards that make our ICT more open, cheaper and better connected.
To do this, we need to know which standards are most important to you.
If you're a business or community organisation, helping us choose the right standards will make it easier for you to do business with Government. It will also help us open up data, better informing your decisions, and hopefully prompting innovation.
Unfortunately, this is one that must be filled in online, which I never find very satisfactory. Also, I can't see a deadline – anyone know?
Finally, there is this one from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee:
The Committee will consider the new framework for the protection of intellectual property rights online that is being established under the Digital Economy Act, and the extent to which it is a reasonable and sufficient response to the challenges facing creative industries and individuals in digital markets.
This one closes on 23 March, so you will need to get scribbling for this. Sadly, I am not allowed to post any submission I make to this:
Evidence submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organisation submitting it is specifically authorised.
Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the Internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives.
Once submitted, no public use should be made of any submission prepared specifically for the Committee unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.
Can you believe it? Come to think of it, it's probably pretty pointless making a submission to this lot since the idea of sharing seems beyond their ken....
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