The best so far of course is from the wonderful Jeremy Phillips:
From Jeremy Phillips, IP Consultant, Olswang LLP
* 'Three strikes' proposals, even if enacted, will be shown to be feeble, cosmetic inconveniences. What's more, downloaders will assert they have a right to two free infringements.
* The Ministry responsible for IP/IT will change its name, its role and its Minister.
* The aggregated figure for victims of Data Protection Act data leak will exceed the population of the UK.
* The government will proclaim that innovation is ‘key’ to the country's well-being while further restricting its exploitation and taxing it to death.
* Some people will continue to believe in Santa Claus, a flat Earth and the Manchester Manifesto.
I particularly love the second point. One wonders if it's like the professor for DEfense against the dark Arts in each harry Potter novel - each government reshuffle, a new incumbent and name for the department required!
Less funy, but equally to point and often overlooked as we focus on three strikes, data breaches and e-commerce:
"From Jaron Lewis, Partner, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP
2010 will be the year that our pre-internet libel laws are kicked into shape. Legislation is expected to prevent publishers being sued over archived web content. We will also see a consensus forming over the introduction of more streamlined - and cheaper - procedures for resolving libel disputes. Finally, our libel judges will continue to make clear that those providing the web infrastructure - such as ISPs and search engines - should not be liable for defamatory content, even when they are on notice of a complaint."
Having taught Internet libel law, substantive and jurisdictional for almost 20 years now, I really hope we are going to see real change here on the UK's antiquated libel magnet laws - Metropolitan v Google, which Pangloss really should have found time to blog properly, isalso an especially heartening and sensible decision. It is just a shame the current review of the single publication rule (still open till Dec 16th) is not looking at place as well as time.
Finally although not a prediction or even legal I must leave you with my favourite quote of the week for everyone out there who spends their life glued to a keyboard:
from Ben Goldacre on Twitter:"if anyone needs me i'm flying to america tonight so i can kill everyone involved in writing and marketing microsoft word."
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