No change otherwise
I'm snowed under at work, but someone has to say this: Andrew Gowers is a reactionary old goon who should be ignored. He's the bloke who's supposedly going to recommend that the government not extend the period of copyright beyond the current 50 years.
Well, pardon me if I don't give even one cheer. While a lot of fuss has been made about Cliff Richard's impending loss of earnings from hits he had in the 1950s, and how marvellous it is that some ex-editor of a rightwing paper has seen sense in leaving our times' most controversial area exactly as it is, not a lot has been said about the sting in the tail of his report: that filesharers are recommended to be lumped in with forgers and imprisoned for up to 10 years.
Does this man actually live in the same century as the rest of us? It's bad enough that people who want to share their delight in new music are criminalised under existing legislature, drawn up in times when copying music cost money. Now, if this old duffer has his way, practically everyone with a computer is heading straight to jail.
The man's an idiot. Don't give him the time of day.