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[News] Internet Abuse Found in Digital Economy Bill, Unrest Grows

  • Subject: [News] Internet Abuse Found in Digital Economy Bill, Unrest Grows
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2009 12:08:38 +0000
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Digital Economy Bill: Lords Want To Stamp Out Piracy Chasers

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| Members of the House of Lords recently 
| voiced concerns over the UK governmentâs 
| Digital Economy Bill, stating that the 
| problems facing the entertainment industry 
| are largely of their own creation. There 
| was also criticism of companies who demand 
| cash from file-sharers in the UK, and ideas 
| were put forward to end their scheme.


Amendment Tabled to Delete Clause 17 from the UK Digital Economy Bill


Facebook's New Privacy Changes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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| Five months after it first announced coming 
| privacy changes this past summer, Facebook 
| is finally rolling out a new set of 
| revamped privacy settings for its 350 
| million users. The social networking site 
| has rightly been criticized for its 
| confusing privacy settings, most notably in 
| a must-read report by the Canadian Privacy 
| Commissioner issued in July and most 
| recently by a Norwegian consumer protection 
| agency. We're glad to see Facebook is 
| attempting to respond to those privacy 
| criticisms with these changes, which are 
| going live this evening. Unfortunately, 
| several of the claimed privacy 
| "improvements" have created new and serious 
| privacy problems for users of the popular 
| social network service.



Threatening Internet freedom in the UK

,----[ Quote ]
| All too often, the public policy world
| focuses on subtle legislative distinctions
| and on regulatory details. But once in a
| while, an issue comes along that strikes
| to the heart of the big principles. Such
| an issue erupted last week in the UK - an
| issue that incorporates two of the most
| important subjects on these pages: privacy
| and innovation.


Lib Dems to oppose Mandelson copyright powers

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| The Liberal Democrats are to oppose a
| clause in the Digital Economy Bill that
| would let the business secretary amend
| copyright law without parliamentary
| debate.


Debate on Mandelson's job

,----[ Quote ]
| The Conservatives have accused Business
| Secretary Lord Mandelson of "empire
| building", calling for his department to
| have a cabinet minister in the Commons.


Pure Mint boss resigns BPI committee over Digital Economy Bill

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| Hall believes the proposed legislation has
| been rushed in a bid to get it through
| parliament before the next General
| Election, that it is in danger of
| disregarding some sacred legal principles
| (regarding process, presumption of
| innocence and burden of proof) and that it
| won't solve the record industry's piracy
| problems anyway.
| In his resignation letter to the BPI, Hall
| writes: "I have enjoyed contributing to
| both [the BPI's] Rights [Committee] and
| the [IFPI's] ILC, but increasingly feel
| that my contributions are falling on deaf
| ears as an agenda has already been reached
| that I now consider is unmovable. As you
| know, I do not think the Digital Economy
| Bill is a sensible or well thought out
| piece of legislation. In my view it is
| being rushed through the last months of a
| parliament of an unpopular government and
| it is not legislation that I support".
| Referencing clause 17 - the one that gives
| senior ministers the right to change
| copyright laws on whim - he continued: "I
| am particularly surprised that the record
| industry has chosen to endorse s.17 of the
| DEB, which I consider is wholly
| undemocratic and contrary to centuries of
| good practice regarding the forming of our
| copyright legislation. I also believe it
| may set a dangerous precedent going
| forwards (and could come back to haunt the
| industry)".

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