This is ORG's Parliamentary Update for the week beginning 16/09/2013
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Consultations and departments
Draft secondary legislation to regulate collecting societies
The Intellectual Property Office has launched a consultation into the legislation behind the regulation of collecting societies. Following the 2011 Hargreaves Review, collecting societies have been self regulated and the goal of this consultation is to remedy gaps in the self regulation. Closes 7 October.
Ofcom publishes consumer guide on internet ‘traffic management’
Following research showing a general lack of awareness of traffic management, with one in 10 internet consumers (11 per cent) familiar with the term and only one per cent claiming to have considered this when choosing their broadband service, Ofcom have released a guide on traffic management.
New Intellectual Property Adviser appointed
The Prime Minister has appointed Mike Weatherley MP, a former record label worker and Vice President of the Motion Picture Licensing Company, as his adviser on intellectual property, with a focus on intellectual property enforcement issues relating to the creative industries.
BIS Committee report on Open Access published
The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has published its report on Open Access which looks into the Government’s commitment to increasing access to published research findings, and its desire to achieve full open access.
Communications Data Bill, 'snoopers charter' debate revived
The Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner has written to Theresa May MP on behalf of 21 PCCs declaring their support for the Communications Data Bill. The Bill was previously dropped in May.
Private Members Bills
Debates and questions
Question on available resources for combatting child abuse online
Helen Goodman MP asked a question about the adequacy of the resources available to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre to combat child abuse online. The response from Damian Green MP included details of staffing increase of over 50% now (133 as of 30 August 2013) than in November 2010 (85).
Evaluating Graduated Response
A Monash University (Australia) Faculty of Law research paper was published looking into "graduated responses", requiring ISPs to take a range of measures to police their users' copyright infringements. It reports there is little to no evidence that that graduated responses are either 'successful' or 'effective'.
Threat to net neutrality in European Commission draft proposal
The European Union has released its draft proposal for a Regulation to complete the European single market for electronic communications. This includes various measures which could affect net neutrality.
Free Trade Agreements
Law and Legal Cases
ORG Media coverage
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