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[News] The Reason Why the Digital Economy Bill is Doomed to Fail

  • Subject: [News] The Reason Why the Digital Economy Bill is Doomed to Fail
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2010 22:30:37 +0100
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Why the Digital Economy Act simply won't work

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| With the passage into law of the dread Digital 
| Economy Act comes Ofcom's guidelines that are 
| the first step toward rules for when and how 
| rightsholders will be able to disconnect entire 
| families from the internet because someone on 
| or near their premises is accused of copyright 
| infringement.
| Consumer rights groups and privacy groups â 
| such as the Open Rights Group, the Citizens 
| Advice Bureau, Which, and Consumer Focus â 
| participated in the process, making the Ofcom 
| rules as good as possible (an exercise that, 
| unfortunately, is a little like making the 
| guillotine as comfortable as possible).



The future of the Digital Economy Act is in your hands

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| It is also wholly wrong that customers
| should be footing the Bill of this
| enforcement scheme. The vast majority, even
| by copyright holdersâ estimates, do not
| infringe their copyrights, yet they will be
| paying for a quarter of this scheme. A small
| number will be priced off the Internet by
| even a small rise in broadband bills â
| Consumer Focus estimate perhaps 10,000
| households.
| BT also drew attention to the lack of a
| Privacy Impact Assessment for the scheme.
| Privacy concerns could scupper the
| acceptability of letter writing. Yet the
| engagement from the government and ICO on
| this issue has so far been less than
| acceptable.
| ORG and other groups have been willing to
| accept the principle of letter writing, but
| this current consultation shows the
| weaknesses in the legislation that was
| rammed through in the dying hours of the
| last Parliament. Already the Act threatens
| to punish innocent people with additional,
| unwarranted costs and bars to clearing their
| name.


ConDems Wonât Repeal UKâs Digital Economy Act

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| All those angry digital liberties
| campaigners? They shouldnât get their
| hopes up too much about the Digital
| Economy Act under a new governmentâ
| âWeâre not going to repeal it,â the new UK
| governmentâs Conservative culture
| secretary Jeremy Hunt told paidContent:UK.

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