Pronged by Tessa:
The UK’s creative industries are apparently to get “three prongs” from Culture Minister Tessa Jowell. 1) A nannying “focus on education” by the DCMS, to instill an anti-piracy attitude in kids (adults and teens presumably being a lost cause); 2) a DTI “exploring” of the possibility of less red tape in the UK; and 3) something left-rather-vague called “consumer choice” that will go hand-in-hand with more raids by Trading Standards officers. No mention of ‘public domain’ or its cultural importance. Ouch. One slightly more encouraging statement from Tessa – while giving the keynote at last week’s Creative Economy conference – was a forecast that: “9.6 million jobs will be created in the multimedia and software sectors alone, across the EU” from 2005 to 2015. It’d be interesting to see a country-by-country and sector-by-sector breakdown of those figures, and from what type of products will come the biggest gains. An EU-commissioner also spoke at the conference, fleshing out what “less red tape” might mean. He suggested a new EU-wide license for distribution of songs. At the moment it can cost upwards of ?200,000 to licence a single song for release in all EU nations. Which can only be good for the UK – think “French pop music” for the reason why.