Digtal Economy Bill

25 November 2009

To call the proposed measures draconian and extreme is I think understating the situation. Is the crime of a breach of copyright by ordinary citizens doing the sort of things we have done for many years, but now we are doing them on the Internet and thus breaking the vastly extended remit of copyright. Is this crime so heinous that it warrants bypassing the court system and long established principal of innocent until proven guilty.

Then add to this the clause from the bill that states that “The Secretary of State may at any time by order impose a technical obligation on Internet service providers,” so now Mandy and his successors can demand ISPs take any other measures that he may consider appropriate without consulting parliament, or even a judge.

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See also Stuart Langridge’s, Wendy M Grossman, and Cory Doctorow’s Comments.