"There's a view that intellectual property is a barrier to growth. That's a lie, and unfortunately one bought by influential people," he told the panel on Tuesday. Potential investors believe the UK "government hates copyright", according to Heath, who added that he too had witnessed "a bewildering ambivalence, if not hostility to copyright".
Intellectual Property legislation isn't some immutable thing, it's whatever we see fit to enact and enforce.
Rigidly enforced IP without FRAND type agreements and far-longer-than-realistic exclusivity periods are the problem here, not to mention certain high-profile companies in given areas who fail, resolutely, to pay any attention to changing consumer usage patterns.
Had he decided to get specific (eg complaining about how the orphan works proposals go too far in the opposite direction) that would be fine - but he didn't, he generalised and managed to effectively moan that in a world where the internet exists, UK.gov is not putting the genie back in the bottle.
Sadly, this piece appears, to me, to be a load of contrarian nonsense rather than a coherent argument. It is right to ask about any company that has lobby access to UK.gov, but to pretend that large media corps haven't, for years, been bending the ear of politicians to get their way is utter foolishness - and, coming from a well-informed scribe like Mr Orlowski, disingenuous foolishness to boot.
On top of which, it's all very well to say "Oh, but industry bods say it's the devil" - this would be the same industry that says piracy/downloads are killing them even while their profits from digital music sales keep climbing year on year, yes? And the same overall copyright system that even conservative think tanks view as flawed, as demonstrated in this story?
Yeah, this is clearly a story about how the Evil Tech Companies stomped all over those tiny powerless media companies. Observe while a large tributary spills from my lacrimal canal.