Mick Jagger to prepare European Commission report

Sarcasm alert: Apparently, he dazzled the likes of Steve Jobs with his detailed commentary on the intricacies of intellectual property law and digital rights management

Mick Jagger is among the éminence grises who will be drawing up an e-commerce report for the European Commission, it has been announced. It's good to know that the most important recommendations in European trade are being made by a 65-year-old rock star.

The Rolling Stone's involvement was announced after he took part in a meeting with other members of the Online Commerce Roundtable in Brussels. Sir Mick pranced through the VIP entrance to join Apple CEO Steve Jobs, EMI's Roger Faxon, as well as representatives from eBay and Fiat. All were invited by the European Union's competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes.

The group's report will be concerned with the cross-border frustrations of European e-shoppers, such as problems with guarantees, after-sales service and the finer points of online music copyright. Sir Mick apparently gave his opinions on music retailing, offering a doubtless detailed commentary on the intricacies of intellectual property law and digital rights management.

"Consumers often find the products they are looking for are not available to them," Kroes told reporters. "I want to know why."

She invited Sir Mick to the Roundtable because of his unique perspective and valuable insight. Or more succinctly, Metro reported, because the two are old friends.

The Jagger and friends report will be published in October.


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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