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[News] Digital Economy Bill a Travesty, Lesson in Failed Democracy

  • Subject: [News] Digital Economy Bill a Travesty, Lesson in Failed Democracy
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 09:28:48 +0100
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New forum for next steps in Digital Economy campaign

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| We've launched a new forum, over here. 
| Please sign up and use it to help us plan 
| the next steps in our campaign against the 
| Digital Economy Bill. 


UK Digital Economy Bill Turns To Ashes

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| After months of warnings from 
| photographers, and weeks of viral posters 
| demonstrating the dangers of Clause 43 and 
| misuse of photography, the Labour party 
| have got in on the act by launching their 
| election campaign with a poster using all 
| the techniques warned of: only to see it 
| blow up in their faces.


The Statute of Anne, the Digital Economy Bill and the Red Flag Act

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| This week marks the Tercentenary of the 
| 1710 Statute of Anne - the world's first 
| Copyright law. It also marks the first 
| discussion of the Digital Economy Bill in 
| the Commons. And in 1865, the Locomotive 
| act was being discussed in the Commons too. 
| How do they compare?


Clause 18 of the DEB removed? â And its different becauseâ..?

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| I wonât repeat myself about my objections 
| to the DEB.  Whilst my articles and 
| opinions are strongly anti-piracy, I think 
| that there is so much wrong with the 
| implementation and current copyright laws, 
| that there are issues on both sides.
| What I want to look at is it is now 
| reported that Clause 18 has been removed in 
| the final throes of the DEB debate. Before 
| I do that though, many sites report:
|     Copyright holders will be able to apply 
|     for a court order to gain access to the 
|     names and addresses of serious 
|     infringers and take legal action.


UK House Of Commons On Digital Economy Bill: We'll Approve Now, Debate Later?

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| Despite tens of thousands of people writing 
| their MPs, and multiple MPs asking for 
| approval of the Digital Economy Bill to be 
| delayed, it looks like the Leader of the 
| House of Commons, Harriet Harman, has 
| decided that the bill will be rushed 
| through via a "wash up," no matter what. 
| Glyn Moody points us to an image showing 
| that a lot of MPs simply decided not to 
| even show up for the discussion, which is a 
| bit of a disgrace. 


Digital economy bill exposes broken system

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| You would be hard pressed to find a better 
| example of how broken our current political 
| system is than the passage of the digital 
| economy bill through parliament. A vast 
| sprawling bill made to order on behalf of 
| the so-called creative industries in the 
| face of opposition from pretty much 
| everyone else, it has all the hallmarks of 
| legislation carved up between Sir Humphrey 
| and a minister with an ego of monstrous 
| proportions (only Lord Mandelson would 
| consider Henry VIII-style powers as 
| something to aspire to in the 21st 
| century).


Digital Economy bill: liveblogging the crucial third reading


Richard Stallman sees red over Digital Economy Bill 

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| Stallman's blog reheats a number of long-
| argued controversies ranging from the 
| curbing of 'digital rights', the extension 
| of copyright, and the way legislation such 
| as the DEB will in his view work to 
| restrict access to content. 


Digital Economy Bill passed, broadband tax axed: What you need to know


Digital Economy Bill Shoved Through With Minor Modifications

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| And there you go. The entertainment 
| industry gets its ridiculous anti-consumer 
| copyright law with no real attempt at 
| debate or amendment in the House of 
| Commons. Concerns raised about how this 
| bill could force the blocking of Wikileaks 
| or the shutdown of internet access at small 
| business? Ignored. 



Digital economy bill: One clown giveth and the other clown taketh away

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| If the government were to stop slavishly
| obeying the record companies as it formerly
| obeyed George Bush, and turn its attention
| to the real issue â how to support the arts
| in the digital age without impeding sharing
| â there is no shortage of methods it could
| try. My 1992 proposal for a special tax to
| be distributed to artists, with the money
| partly shifted from the most popular ones
| towards those not quite so successful, is
| still applicable. Meanwhile, many artists
| support themselves already with voluntary
| payments by their fans. If we make it
| easier to send these payments, with a send-
| one-dollar or send-one-pound button on
| every player, this method would work even
| better. And without disconnecting anyone!

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