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Intellectual Property Law Review Favours Google, Critics Claim

The UK Prime Minister's move to review copyright laws has been criticised for being too biased in favour of search engine giant Google.

David Cameron first hinted at a review of UK intellectual property laws at an event launching a 'Silicon Roundabout' in East London. The government hopes that the 'Silicon Roundabout' could turn into UK's answer to Silicon Valley in the US. Cameron claimed that UK's IP laws were so stringent that a company like Google could never have opened here.

His speech was followed by a review into Britain's intellectual property laws headed by professor of digital economy at Cardiff University, Ian Hargreaves. Critics claim that the review will impact the way musicians, film makers and other copyright holders make money from their own creative powers.

Mike Batt of record label Dramatico told The Guardian, “The review terms of reference are completely biased towards Google, the ISPs and anyone who wants to set up an internet company.”

“Weakening copyright won't create a Silicon Valley here. It will hit the small music publishing and film outfits that create value for the economy by producing content,” he added.

Meanwhile, Google claims that it values 'great content online' but added that laws needed to be amended for everyone's benefit.