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[News] Digital Economy Act Resisted, Lessons From DMCA

  • Subject: [News] Digital Economy Act Resisted, Lessons From DMCA
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:18:18 +0100
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Digital legislation a threat to creative industry

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| Doctoral research into media education and 
| media literacy at the University of 
| Leicester has highlighted how increased 
| legislative control on use of digital 
| content could stifle future creativity.
| The Digital Economy Act 2010 alongside 
| further domestic and global legislation, not 
| least the ongoing âAnti-Counterfeiting Trade 
| Agreement (ACTA)â, combines to constitute a 
| very hard line against any form of perceived 
| copyright infringement.


NUJ vows to support court challenges against Digital Economy Act 

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| The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) will 
| support legal challenges to the recently 
| passed Digital Economy Act, according to a 
| new national policy.
| The new policy, which was signed off by the 
| NUJ's National Executive Council in May, 
| raises concern from other industry groups 
| that the Act's measures could be used 
| against sites that publish material of 
| public interest without permission, such as 
| the whistleblowing site Wikileaks.
| The union policy calls for the Act to be 
| implemented in a way that "fully protects 
| freedom of information and expression".
| Originally, NUJ members focused their 
| campaigning on the controversial clause 43 
| on orphan works. This was later dropped 
| before the Bill was passed into law in the 
| "wash-up" at the end of the last government.


Those that Live by the DMCA....

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| ...content owners have to specify precisely 
| which files they claim are infringing. They 
| can't just say: âeveryone can see there's 
| infringement on your site, find it and deal 
| with it.â If upheld, that's very good news, 
| because it means that anyone that sets up a 
| mechanism for carrying out DMCA requests 
| doesn't need to go through their entire 
| holdings looking for possibly infringing 
| materials (obviously impossible for a site 
| like YouTube.) 



Paedo-Fear Pushes The Surveillance Agenda

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| For instance, only a huge effort from
| concerned people prevented Europe from
| adopting software patents under the
| pressure of lobbying from big self-
| interested software companies. And only
| continued vigilance will prevent those big
| companies from wearing down resistance.
| In the UK a big campaign against the
| excessive measures of the Digital Economy
| Act has had some effect in tempering the
| eventual implementation as prpoposed by
| Ofcom, but it didnât kill it, because in
| the end most elected representatives
| simply donât get it, and let it pass in
| the rush before the end of the
| parliamentary session.

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