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[News] Lib Dems in the UK Want to Help the MAFIAA

  • Subject: [News] Lib Dems in the UK Want to Help the MAFIAA
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 11:43:04 +0000
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DMCA Amendment Proposed For UK

,----[ Quote ]
| "During today's debate in the UK's House 
| of Lords on the much-criticized Digital 
| Economy Bill, the unpopular Clause 17 
| (which would have allowed the government 
| to alter copyright law much more easily 
| than it currently can) was voted out in 
| favor of a DMCA-style take-down system for 
| websites and ISPs. The new amendment known 
| as 120A sets up a system whereby a 
| copyright owner could force an ISP to 
| block certain websites who allegedly host 
| or link to infringing material or face 
| being taken before the High Court and made 
| to pay the copyright owner's legal fees. 
| This amendment was tabled by the Liberal 
| Democrat party, which had so far been seen 
| as the defenders of the internet and with 
| the Conservative party supporting them. 
| The UK's Pirate Party and Open Rights 
| Group have both strongly criticized this 
| new amendment."


Confirmed: Lib Dems and Conservatives force web blocking into the Digital Economy Bill

,----[ Quote ]
| Despite firm warnings from ourselves, 
| Consumer Focus and others, Liberal 
| Democrat and Tory peers Lord Clement Jones 
| and Howard pushed through an amendment 
| allowing the courts to order web blocking 
| for âsubstantially infringingâ websites.


The UK's DMCA; Clause 17 falls, but at what cost?

,----[ Quote ]
| During another intense session in the 
| House of Lords this afternoon a vote was 
| finally held on the controversial Clause 
| 17 of the UK's Digital Economy Bill. This 
| clause would have allowed the Secretary of 
| State to amend the UK's copyright law with 
| a lot less oversight from parliament than 
| usual. The government did not hide the 
| fact that this provision would be used to 
| clamp down on unlicensed file-sharers in 
| various ways as the industry demanded. 
| However, there was a bright side; the 
| clause would have permitted Lord Mandelson 
| (or more likely his successor) to do as he 
| promised back in October and relax the 
| UK's copyright law by bringing in the 
| 'fair use' exemptions it so desperately 
| needs.


Brits: tell the LibDem Peers not to bring web-censorship to Britain!



Lib Dems demand curbs on 'spying'

,----[ Quote ]
| The Lib Dems want tighter controls on surveillance powers for authorities
| including councils and the police.
| More than 500,000 requests to access phone and e-mail records were made in
| 2008, a report by the Interception of Communications Commissioner showed.

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