“When disputes arise, your commercial objectives are our main concern” – Whose interests does Lib Dem Lord Clement-Jones really represent?
Lib Dem sleaze? Lord Clement-Jones takes £70,000 a year from DLA Piper, a law firm specialising in copyright and patent law, who would stand to gain a great deal if this draconian bill gets passed into law.
From the Guardian:
One of the most contentious parts of the controversial digital economy bill was voted down by the House of Lords last night – only to be replaced by a clause that campaigners say is even more draconian…
Putting forward the amendment, Lib Dem peer Lord Clement-Jones said… that it was a “more proportionate, specific and appropriate” way to approach infringement than the previous proposals made by the government…
But instead of making the proposed system more transparent and accountable, critics say it will simply leave it open to abuse.
“This would open the door to a massive imbalance of power in favour of large copyright holding companies,” said Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group. “Individuals and small businesses would be open to massive ‘copyright attacks’ that could shut them down, just by the threat of action.”
“This is exactly how libel law works today: suppressing free speech by the unwarranted threat of legal action. The expense and the threat are enough to create a ‘chilling effect’.”
From the Register of Lord’s Interests
*12(b) Parliamentary lobbying
Partner of DLA Piper (international law firm) and adviser to its global government relations practice.
The member is paid £70,000 in respect of his services as Co-Chairman of DLA Piper’s global government relations practice
The member acts personally for TransMedics Inc, a medical technology manufacturer
The member acts personally for Eli Lilly and Company, the pharmaceutical manufacturer
The member acts personally for University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate
The member acts personally for Raytheon Company a defence and homeland security technology company
*12(f) Regular remunerated employment
Partner DLA Piper UK LLP
*12(h) Secretarial research and assistance
Secretarial assistance paid for by DLA Piper UK LLP
And here’s what DLA Piper have to say about their work on “Intellectual Property”:
DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice is one of the largest groups of IP lawyers in the world… When disputes arise, your commercial objectives are our main concern…
Our IP experience includes IP litigation as well as representation in areas such as applications, prosecution, and filings for patents, trademarks, and copyrights…
The ability to advise on all aspects of technology law expands the efficiencies and breadth of service for our clients – we offer advice on all related IP matters such as advertising and promotion law, data security, digital media content, e-commerce/Internet transactions, and privacy protection. We also help develop compliance programs in response to new corporate policies or national and local government regulations, including IP, privacy, or quality control audits.
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