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[News] Britain Gives Hollywood More Internet Powers

  • Subject: [News] Britain Gives Hollywood More Internet Powers
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 01:19:11 +0000
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Britain's new Internet law -- as bad as everyone's been saying, 
and worse. Much, much worse.

,----[ Quote ]
| The British government has brought down its 
| long-awaited Digital Economy Bill, and it's 
| perfectly useless and terrible. It consists 
| almost entirely of penalties for people who 
| do things that upset the entertainment 
| industry (including the "three-strikes" rule 
| that allows your entire family to be cut off 
| from the net if anyone who lives in your 
| house is accused of copyright infringement, 
| without proof or evidence or trial), as well 
| as a plan to beat the hell out of the video-
| game industry with a new, even dumber rating 
| system (why is it acceptable for the 
| government to declare that some forms of 
| artwork have to be mandatorily labelled as 
| to their suitability for kids? And why is it 
| only some media? Why not paintings? Why not 
| novels? Why not modern dance or ballet or 
| opera?).


UK and 12 Other Member States issue Statement on 
Telecoms Reform Package [UPDATED]

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| Almost two weeks ago I was sent a draft copy 
| of a statement the UK had sent to the 
| Council of Europe which it wanted the 
| Council to publish on behalf of all member 
| states.  The statement was based on how the 
| UK would like the Telecoms Reform Package to 
| be interpreted by Member States (MS) and 
| contained a few paragraphs twisting the 
| intent of ammendments to Article 5(3) of 
| Directive 2002/58/EC with regards to 
| informed consent.
| [...]
| My source goes on to explain that from a 
| legal standpoint the statement is âwithout 
| valueâ as all member states are required to 
| change their national laws to reflect the 
| revised text of Article 5(3) and also 
| enforce those laws. 


Digital economy bill: A punishing future

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| The digital economy bill is misnamed. A more 
| honest title for the legislation, recently 
| introduced in the Lords, would be the 
| copyright protection and punishment bill. It 
| is less about creating the digital 
| businesses of the 21st century than 
| protecting the particular 20th century 
| business models used in music and film.


Mandy and Me: some thoughts on the Digital Economy Bill

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| ISPs hold an unfortunate piggy-in-the-middle 
| position in all this, forced by the threat 
| of a fine of up to Â250,000 to co-operate 
| with rightsholders, even though they gain 
| nothing from the process but overheads and 
| customer ill-will. I have said elsewhere 
| that I do not think it is just or sensible 
| to enrol ISPs as âcopyright copsâ, but if 
| they are to be, they need strong protection 
| from liability, ideally in the form of an 
| indemnity from the rightsholders who 
| actually plan to benefit from this whole 
| stramash. ISPs face potential liability for 
| sending out libellous allegations to 
| subscribers, and again for disconnecting the 
| wrong person on erroneous evidence, and in 
| breach of contract, However currently all 
| ISPs get by way of protection is the 
| feather-light provision that an indemnity 
| may â not must â be provided by the Code to 
| be drafted (again, no further details nowâ 
| see new s 124J(4)(b). If I were an ISP, Iâd 
| be going out now to price a shedload of 
| legal liability insurance J - or to check 
| out moving offshore.


Mandelson's 'three strikes' rule in jeopardy

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| The European Parliament tried hard to change 
| the directive in question and proposed 
| Amendment 138, which read: 'No restriction 
| may be imposed on the fundamental rights and 
| freedoms of end users without a prior ruling 
| by the judicial authorities, notably in 
| accordance with Article 11 of the Charter of 
| Fundamental Rights of the European Union on 
| freedom of expression and information.'


Radioactive assumptions in the Digital Economy Bill

,----[ Quote ]
| Alarmist conspiracy theory? Perhaps. But 
| with the strange business of ACTA â the 
| Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, 
| negotiated in high secrecy but reputed to 
| impose draconian rules on over a billion 
| people to match or exceed those proposed in 
| the bill â it's hard to argue that these 
| issues are receiving proper public debate.



Mandelson gives go ahead to âthree strikesâ

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| Listening to Lord Mandelson today at C&binet
| was very unpleasant.
| Mandelson announced one substantial policy:
| a âclampdownâ on detectable file sharing.
| Even MI5 disagree with him â they are
| convinced we will see a rise of a âDark Netâ
| of infringers.


Parliamentary Comms Group Says âNoâ to UK 3-Strikes

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| An increasing death-knell is sounding for Lord
| Mandelsonâs proposals for 3-strikes Internet
| disconnections. The latest blow comes from the All Party
| Parliamentary Communications Group. After a consultation
| earlier this year, they have now published their
| response, and itâs not one favorable to âDarth Mandyâ
| and his plans.


U.K. Minister Defends Internet Suspension In MPAA Speech

,----[ Quote ]
| Meanwhile, a joint statement from the Featured Artists Coalition, the British
| Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and the Music Producers
| Guild also condemns the plan.


Lammy appeals to film and music industries to help tackle online piracy

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| Lammy cites apparent inconsistencies in copyright law, citing the example of
| a CD owner who wants a copy on his MP3 player. "Is he breaking the rules or
| just refusing to be ripped off?"
| "Something isn't right with copyright. Not just in the UK but as a whole. And
| I want to do something about that," he says.


An open letter to Lord Mandelson

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| Your proposal is wrong for purely economic reasons. It is wrong because it
| will stifle a major opportunity for economic growth right at the point where
| we need it most. And it is wrong because as a government your role is not to
| legislate to protect business models but to regulate in a way that balances
| the risks of damage in one sector against the potential for encouraging new
| sectors to develop.


Creative industries and consumersâ rights

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| We hope that the Government will consider genuinely consumersâ rights in its
| endeavours to protect the creative industries.


Good Thoughts on Naughty Lord Mandelson


The Right to Science and Culture


Peter Mandelson Defends His Sudden Conversion To Kicking People Off The

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| You do realize that a UK-based music organization (PRS) recently released a
| report noting that the music industry in the UK is actually growing? Right?
| These are the sort of facts the Secretary of Business knows, right? And if
| the industry is growing, despite complaining about file sharing, isn't it
| possible that the real issue is just focusing on business model improvement,
| rather than the hand of gov't stepping in and slapping people around?


BSA Jumps Onto The Three Strikes Bandwagon

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| More troubling, however, is that when questioned about the new statement by
| Ars Technica, the BSA said it was necessary because "last year our industry
| lost over $50 billion (USD) worldwide." Hmm. It's really quite troubling that
| the BSA still stands by these numbers when they've been debunked so
| thoroughly over and over again. They count the "retail value" of every piece
| of software as being "lost," which is clearly a lie. Five years ago, the
| research company that runs these studies for the BSA, IDG, flat out said that
| the BSA was wrong in claiming that "the retail value" of the software is the
| same as "losses." So why does the BSA continue to get away with claiming it?


UK "Three Strikes": Please Write to Your MP

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| Yesterday I wrote a quick analysis of the insane U-turn effected by the UK
| government over "three strikes and you're out". Below I've posted the
| corresponding letter that I've sent to my MP on the subject.


Fon and Games with "Three Strikes"

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| Suppose, now, that people use some of those million hotspots to download
| copyright material: how easy is it going to be (a) establishing exactly who
| downloaded it and (b) cutting off that person?
| Gives a new meaning to the term "hotspot"...


Lord Mandelson pays off his Â750,000 mortgage within a year

,----[ Quote ]
| The mystery of how Lord Mandelson managed to afford a Â2.4 million town house
| in Regent's Park took a new twist this week with his claim in a newspaper
| interview that he did not possess a mortgage on the property.


38 Degrees backs campaign against âDigital Dictatorâ Mandelson

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| Online campaigners 38 Degrees have launched an attack on Mandelsonâs plans to
| give himself the power to order internet cut-offs without trial. Other
| campaigners from a range of NGOs are getting in touch with us about this:
| there is a growing sense of outrage among people who know that the internet
| is the most important political tool we have.


Taking something for nothing is wrong . . .

,----[ Quote ]
| [by] Peter Mandelson


UK Wants to Zap File-Sharers

,----[ Quote ]
| It seems the British government is going loony for anti-piracy rhetoric from
| the likes of U2 and David Geffen.


Mandelson goes to war on teenagers downloading their music and movies... just
days after dining with anti-piracy billionaire

,----[ Quote ]
| Lord Mandelson launched a crackdown on internet piracy just days after
| meeting a leading Hollywood critic of illegal file sharing.
| The business secretary plans to criminalise the estimated seven million
| people - one in 12 of the population - who illicitly download music and films
| over the internet.


âTaking something for nothing is wrongâ â No, not expenses, data.

,----[ Quote ]
| In the meantime I am going to increase my sharing of Linux distros and hope
| that someone tries to accuse me of sharing files illegallyâ..lets see how
| much of my unlimited monthly broadband I can use.  Maybe time is up for the
| proprietary model?  Maybe you should now be looking towards FOSS and the GPL?
| You certainly donât have to worry about sharing issues then.

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