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[News] ACTA and Digital Economy Bill Want to Sneak Through

  • Subject: [News] ACTA and Digital Economy Bill Want to Sneak Through
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:11:50 +0000
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Lib Dems to change their amendment to the digital economy bill

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| The Liberal Democrats are preparing to 
| change their controversial amendment to the 
| digital economy bill, which has its third 
| and final reading in the House of Lords on 
| Monday.
| The change would give sites blocked under 
| the bill the power to challenge it in the 
| courts, and to demand legal costs and 
| damages from any copyright owner that 
| caused it to be wrongly blocked through 
| court procedings.
| But the Open Rights Group, which campaigns 
| on digital rights and freedoms, said that 
| the amendment would not solve deeper 
| problems with the bill â which may be 
| rushed into law with barely any debate in 
| the Commons â and called for it to be 
| abandoned.


Wanted: a Groundswell of Massive Opposition

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| Last week I wrote about the great news on 
| the ACTA front, but sadly that's just one 
| battle we need to win. Another is against 
| the insanely retrogressive Digital Economy 
| Bill â an ironic name if ever there were 
| one, given that it seeks to impose the old 
| rules of the *analogue* economy on the 
| digital world. As such, it is likely to 
| have a huge negative impact on companies 
| using the Internet (that is, anyone in 
| business not still using the abacus.)
| [...]
| That handily maps out is how we can stop 
| the Bill: by creating that âgroundswell of 
| massive oppositionâ. What I think we need 
| to do is to make it clear to our MPs is how 
| the music recording industry just expects 
| them to roll over and accept the Bill as 
| is, rather than to carry out their 
| parliamentary duties and to examine it and 
| amend where appropriate. We need to get 
| across the fact that this Bill is not 
| incidental, but will determine the economic 
| and social landscape for this country in 
| the next few years; as such, it needs to be 
| drafted carefully, not thrown together at 
| the last minute. 


Lords pass controversial internet piracy bill

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| Legislation to tackle internet piracy, 
| including bans for illegal file-sharers, 
| has been passed by the Lords.
| The Digital Economy Bill is now expected to 
| be rushed through the Commons before the 
| general election.
| Peers had earlier rejected a bid by 
| ministers to include wide-ranging powers 
| over future online piracy law. 


BPI Says That UK Spies Are Against Digital Economy Bill

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| The debate over the Digital Economy Bill in 
| the UK (the attempt to ratchet up copyright 
| law to repay favors to an entertainment 
| industry that is slow to adapt) has taken 
| an odd twist. Cory Doctorow over at Boing 
| Boing has the details of a leaked memo from 
| the BPI (pdf) to a bunch of recording 
| industry execs and lobbyists, that details 
| the state of the bill and the ongoing 
| strategy for getting it approved. There are 
| a few items worth noting:
|    1. The BPI seems to think that the UK 
|    intelligence community is now the 
|    biggest threat to stopping the bill. 
|    Seriously. Apparently, UK spies are 
|    afraid that passing this bill will drive 
|    a very large number of people to switch 
|    to using encrypted internet tools, 
|    making it that much more difficult to 
|    spy on them. 


Europe trashes ACTA as Obama praises it

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| Earlier this week, we noted that the major 
| parties in the European Parliament had all 
| agreed on a resolution trashing the Anti-
| Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and 
| the secret process that has been hashing it 
| out. That resolution has passed Parliament 
| by a huge marginâ633 yes votes, 13 no 
| votes, and 16 abstentions.
| The Greens/EFA coalition praised the vote. 
| Greens MEP Carl Schlyter of Sweden said 
| that "ACTA risks becoming known as the 
| Absence of Commission Transparency 
| Agreement... The EU cannot continue to 
| negotiate on ACTA if the people are not 
| allowed to take part in the process. It is 
| also a totally absurd and unacceptable 
| situation if MEPs, behind closed doors, 
| have to ask the Commission about the 
| content of the agreements we are supposed 
| to vote on."



Act on ACTA: Write to Your MEPs

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| One knock-on effect of that obsessive
| secrecy is that even ordinary
| parliamentarians are forbidden from seeing
| the drafts, which makes the negotiations not
| only a travesty of democracy, but also a
| more direct slap in the face of those
| politicians. Happily, the latter are
| beginning to wake up to the fact that they
| are being sidelined here, and starting to
| become more forceful in their demands for
| access to ACTA.

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