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[News] Digital Colonisation of Britain Faces More Backlash

  • Subject: [News] Digital Colonisation of Britain Faces More Backlash
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2009 21:07:28 +0000
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Baron Mandelson and Magna Carta

,----[ Quote ]
| Again, the Secretary of State can make 
| anyone do anything, or pay anything, without 
| due process, preserving livelihood, lawful 
| judgment. It's the exact opposite of the 
| 'anything by which any part of these 
| concessions or liberties might be revoked or 
| diminished' being 'null and void and we will 
| at no time make use of it' clause.
| I'm not a lawyer, but I'll take the drafting 
| of Geoffrey de Mandeville and the other 24 
| Barons from 1215 over Peter Mandelson and 
| Sion Simon.
| For a thorough legal discussion, read 
| Lillian Edwards post, then sign the petition 
| and join the Open Rights Group. 


Why does Mandelson favour the Analogue Economy over the Digital?

,----[ Quote ]
| There's a lot to hate about Peter 
| Mandelson's controversial Digital Economy 
| Bill, but there's one provision that 
| perfectly captures the absolute, reality-
| denying absurdity of the whole enterprise. 
| That titbit is the provision that holds the 
| Bill's most drastic measures in reserve, 
| only to be used if Britain's illegal 
| filesharing doesn't drop off by 70% within a 
| year of the main part of the Bill coming 
| into force.


Illegal filesharing: a problem the government can't solve?

,----[ Quote ]
| ISPs disagree with content companies and 
| government over where the costs of 
| prevention should fall. Last month, BT and 
| Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk's parent, 
| estimated policing broadband would cost 
| about Â2 a line a month. The latest estimate 
| from the Department of Business, Innovation 
| and Skills (which is piloting the bill 
| through Parliament) is lower â in the region 
| of Â3 to Â10 a notification (ISPs think the 
| number is closer to the lower of those).


Gov net disconnections could breach EU law

,----[ Quote ]
| The Government's Digital Economy Bill could 
| be in breach of EU laws, according to an 
| internet law expert. Professor Lilian 
| Edwards has also warned that the Bill could 
| make it impossible to operate a free 
| wireless network legally.



Copyright and Morals

,----[ Quote ]
| Morality is used in the Copyright Wars as a way to
| cover up the inability to justify expansion of
| rights on economic grounds.

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