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[News] UK Digital Economy Bill Negotiated by Ignorant and Corruptible Politicians, Then Passed

  • Subject: [News] UK Digital Economy Bill Negotiated by Ignorant and Corruptible Politicians, Then Passed
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 08:18:03 +0100
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The Digital Economy Bill passed

,----[ Quote ]
| Do we have any means of proving we did not 
| download any infringing material? We first 
| need the answers to the previous questions 
| for that.
| Do we know who will intercept our private 
| communications and how personal data will 
| be stored?
| How the Deep Packet Inspection or filtering 
| will operate to catch potential infringers? 
| In other words, how the internet censorship 
| will be organised?


Digital Economy Bill passes as critics warn of 'catastrophic disaster'

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| The controversial Digital Economy Bill was 
| forced through the House of Commons last 
| night after behind-the-scenes agreements 
| between Labour and Conservative whips - 
| prompting the Bill's opponents to warn that 
| it could lead to innocent people having 
| their internet connections cut off, the end 
| of public WiFi, and sites such as Wikileaks 
| blocked.


Doublethink â The Digital Economy Bill against the digital economy

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| Tonight the UK Labour governement, together 
| with the Conservative arty, forced through 
| the controversial Digital Economy Bill. The 
| Bill now gets a âthird readingâ in the 
| House of Lords, which means it is almost 
| certain to become law. The government did a 
| deal with the Conservative leadership, 
| which got a number of provisions it didnât 
| like removed. In other words, it was, to 
| use an old British phrase, a âstitch up.â
| [...]
| Despite opposition from the Liberal 
| Democrats and a handful of Labour MPs, 
| notably long time Internet savvy MP Tom 
| Watson, the government won two crucial 
| votes allowing it to control the content of 
| the bill and its further progress.


Twitter crowd redresses #DEBill balance


The Technology newsbucket: DEBill Twitterstreamed, Conficker lives!, iPad Luddites and more


Did My MP Show Up or Not?

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| Since the Digital Economy bill tragically 
| passed, and people seemed to be getting 
| confused about whether the site was about 
| the Second Reading or the session in 
| Parliament when the bill was rammed through 
| I have decided to take the site down. It 
| may return if Parliament gives us access to 
| something which I feel strongly would 
| improve transparency, a proper hour by 
| hour, minute by minute register of 
| attendance of MPs. 


Yet Another Letter to My MP

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| It seems my MP was not at the Second 
| Reading of the Digital Economy Bill. Here's 
| what I've just fired off:
|     Following my long conversation with 
|     your assistant yesterday (who was very 
|     sympathetic) about the Digital Economy 
|     Bill, I was disappointed not to see 
|     your name on the list of MPs that 
|     attended the Second Reading yesterday. 
|     The full list is here:
|     http://debillitated.heroku.com/
|     Now, perhaps your name has been left 
|     off by mistake, in which I apologise 
|     for the false accusation. But if you 
|     were in fact absent, I'd like to ask 
|     why a Bill that is so important that it 
|     must be rammed through the wash-up with 
|     only the barest scrutiny is not 
|     something that is worth turning up for?
|     I think it is important to recognise 
|     that things have changed in politics: 
|     that many more of us can - and do - 
|     follow closely what is happening in 
|     Parliament, and write, blog and tweet 
|     about it. This means that politics is 
|     becoming more open, and much more 
|     public, which I think is a good thing. 
|     But it does mean that we are all much 
|     more aware of what our representatives 
|     are doing at all times.
|     Against that background, I would urge 
|     you to do all you can, even at this 
|     late stage, in pushing for the Bill to 
|     be dropped so that it can be debated 
|     properly after the election.


An Open Letter to SiÃn Simon, Pete Wishart, David Lammy, Peter Luff, John Robertson, Stephen Timms

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| Dear Sirs,
| This evening, as the Second Reading of the 
| Digital Economy Bill was heard in the House 
| of Commons, you were watched by a great 
| many people. Many of these people had never 
| watched Parliament in session before. 
| Almost universal was the horror and anger 
| at the affront to the democratic process 
| which was unfolding before our eyes.
| This letter is addressed to you because you 
| stated your support for the bill, and 
| helped ensure its passage to the compressed 
| âwash-upâ stage of proceedings, despite the 
| wide-ranging, contentious and to many 
| unknown provisions it includes. Some of you 
| expressed your dismay at the contempt shown 
| for the House, the lack of scrutiny which 
| has been afforded, and your deep concerns 
| with respect to certain provisions. Despite 
| this, you pledged your support for the 
| bill, in one case claiming to âdo so under 
| duressâ.


They Work For The BPI


What we do next

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| What a debacle. Measures to allow 
| disconnection of individuals from the 
| internet, for undefined periods of time, 
| web blocking laws; all with no real 
| scrutiny and limited debate.


The Digital Economy Bill has passed

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| Fortunately such a party already exists, 
| the Pirate Party. Everyone who cares about 
| these issues should join it. (If you doubt 
| the truth of this assertion, just ask 
| yourself what would IFPI, the BPI, the 
| RIAA, or the MPAA want you to do? Would 
| they want you to join the Pirate Party, or 
| would they prefer it if you despondently 
| admitted defeat and gave up?)

Digital Economy Bill passes

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| Something important and wonderful was 
| happening online. This is the type of 
| democratic engagement that politicians 
| supposedly dream of. They want our votes, 
| they want us to care, they want us to be 
| involved. Unless it is about something that 
| has already been decided and negotiated by 
| the powers-that-be, in that case we just 
| become a nuisance, part of an annoying 
| self-referential minority that can be 
| easily ignored. Itâs back to business as 
| usual. It is precisely this disconnect 
| between genuine public interest and the 
| vested interest of powerful lobbyists what 
| is destroying democracy. When people tuned 
| in to watch the debate online, they could 
| witness with their own eyes just how 
| undemocratic the entire system is. Letters 
| do not matter, what matters is the 
| sickening toadying MP making reference to 
| Feargal Sharkeyâs Undertones, while 
| sycophantily winking at him in the stands.


Minister for Digital Britain thinks an IP address is an "Intellectual Property address"

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| The Right Honourable Stephen Timms is the 
| UK's "Minister for Digital Britain." He's 
| the guy behind the Digital Economy Bill, 
| which makes the US DMCA look good by 
| comparison. Seriously, this is some 
| terrible, terrible lawmaking.
| Here's what appears to be a letter the 
| DigiMini sent to another MP, explaining why 
| the Digital Economy Bill needs to go 
| forward. It reads, in part, "Copyright 
| owners are currently able to go on-line 
| (sic), look for material to which they hold 
| the copyright and identify unauthorised 
| sources for that material. They can then 
| seek to download a copy of that material 
| and in so doing capture information about 
| the source including the Intellectual 
| Property (IP) address..."
| If this letter is genuine (and it seems to 
| be), it means that the guy who's in charge 
| of Britain's digital future thinks that the 
| "IP" in "IP address" stands for 
| "Intellectual Property."


Digital economy bill rushed through wash-up in late night session


Digital Economy Bill: Proposed By The Unelected, Debated By The Ignorant, Voted On By The Absent

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| With the UK's Digital Economy Bill rushed 
| through with little real debate, it's worth 
| looking at the ignorance behind those who 
| supported and pushed through the bill. The 
| more you look, the more you realize they 
| didn't even understand the very basics of 
| what they were talking about. As some have 
| noted it was "a bill proposed by the 
| unelected, debated by the ignorant and 
| voted on by the absent." 


Internet provider defies digital bill

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| TalkTalk's refusal to cooperate with 
| 'draconian' anti-piracy measures reflect 
| growing resistance to the digital economy 
| bill


Digital Economy Bill â itâs a wash up

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| It looks like much of the Digital Economy 
| Bill will make it through to get Royal 
| Assent by the end of the week.
| The Bill is now in much better shape than 
| when first tabled by the Government last 
| year â the ability of the Government to 
| impose disconnection at will has been 
| checked and the Henry VIII clause that 
| literally allowed the Government to do 
| anything else to reduce copyright 
| infringement has been removed. 
| However, many draconian proposals remain 
| such as the responsibility on customers to 
| protect their home networks from hacking at 
| a collective cost of hundreds of millions 
| of pounds a year, the presumption that they 
| are guilty unless they can prove themselves 
| innocent and, as in China, the potential 
| for legitimate search engines and websites 
| to be blocked.


The DEBill, and why weâre *really* screwed 

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| Last night, along with most of the geeks in 
| the country, I watched the Digital Economy 
| Bill get rammed through the Commons thanks 
| to a combination of a whipped vote and some 
| supine opposition. Itâs not really worth me 
| trying to articulate the combination of 
| rage, frustration and disappointment that I 
| felt, because others have done this far 
| better than I can already. But once Iâd had 
| a few hours sleep, while I was walking the 
| dog I managed to gather some thoughts 
| coherent enough to be worth trying to type 
| out.

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