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Offline DaBees-Knees

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Digital Economy bill faces further scrutiny
« on: April 06, 2010, 07:51:11 pm »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8605648.stm

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Controversial elements of the Digital Economy Bill will face further scrutiny even if the bill is passed later, Commons Leader Harriet Harman has said.

Part of the bill, which refers to how copyright holders can block access to websites hosting pirated content, will be subject to further consultation.

Several MPs called for the whole bill to be delayed until after the election. The Tories say "big questions" have been left unanswered while the Lib Dems seek greater scrutiny of some aspects.

Ms Harman revealed to Parliament that one element, known as Clause 18, will be subject to "a super-affirmative procedure" - meaning the details of it will require further Parliamentary scrutiny. Clause 18 was hastily rewritten by the government. It was intended to future-proof the law against new methods of accessing pirated materials. It grants rights-holders the power to force service providers to block access to websites hosting pirated content.

The Liberal Democrats have called for a similar procedure to be applied to the issue of how public wi-fi will be affected by the bill. Currently, if the bill passes into law, the owners of publicly-accessed wi-fi will be held responsible for content that is illegally downloaded by individuals using the hotspot.

'Digital disappointment'

The second reading of the bill was somewhat overshadowed by the earlier announcement of the general election and few MPs gathered in the Commons to hear Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw introduce it. However, a heated debate followed with several MPs, including Labour MP Tom Watson, calling for the more controversial elements of the bill to be removed.

Shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt branded the bill a "digital disappointment of colossal proportions".

For the Liberal Democrats, culture spokesman Don Foster condemned the government for allowing a "totally inappropriate" amount of time for debate on such a major piece of legislation. He said "large chunks" of the Bill were not controversial and needed to become law.

The SNP's Pete Wishart, a former member of Celtic rock group Runrig, told the Commons that internet file-sharing was not unlike a person walking into a record shop and taking whatever albums they liked - for free. He said: "The cream of the UK's creative industries want to ensure that we have this bill and these measures.
"Then we can continue to have the best creative industry and digital economy."

Earlier Ms Harman said the bill had already been subject to "considerable scrutiny" in the House of Lords, with seven days in committee, "longer than any other bill in this Parliamentary session".

But Mr Watson, a long-standing Labour opponent of the bill, urged the government to rethink rushing through the legislation. "In the last seven days, 20,000 people have taken the time to e-mail their MPs. They are extremely upset that it won't have proper scrutiny," he said.

Internet piracy

Mr Bradshaw countered that "hundreds of thousands of people in the creative industries feel equally strongly that they need the legislation now". He told MPs that a framework for dealing with those who pirated content was essential if alternative legal ways of distributing content were to get off the ground. "It is not ideal that the bill will not enjoy full debate," he acknowledged but said that it had enjoyed "cross-party support".

There has been mounting public opposition to the bill, particularly the plans to give Ofcom the power to cut off the internet connections of persistent pirates.

Mr Bradshaw moved to reassure MPs that such measures would not be introduced for another year, and said he hoped a letter campaign to persistent net pirates would prove sufficient. If suspensions of net accounts are necessary they will only be "temporary" he added.

"It grants rights-holders the power to force service providers to block access to websites hosting pirated content."

"Currently, if the bill passes into law, the owners of publicly-accessed wi-fi will be held responsible for content that is illegally downloaded by individuals using the hotspot."

"If suspensions of net accounts are necessary they will only be "temporary"


Note, no mention of any courts involvement, any appeals procedure or the fact that the onus of proof is on the rights holders (They have had a very poor record in the past). I have yet to hear any other details on the "Temporary" suspension period or it's length. Usually when politicians keep quiet on details it's because the public won't like them.

The haste with which the UK government wants to rush this legislation through parliament is typical of a botched bill that they want passed in to law for questionable reasons.  8)

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Re: Digital Economy bill faces further scrutiny
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2010, 11:37:36 pm »
Though they may sweeten the bitter pill the fact remains this is a poison pill and the public would like to know just who has taken the wothless words of the Cartel-of-middle-men's lobbyists and would thus be able to vote against them in the election, only the ignorant could back such a bill when its wholly clear there has been no input from those its going to have the biggest impact on, and all purely to ensure fat cats remain fat and are able to silence their loudest critics with false allegations as occurs already in the US.

Any passing of the bill as it stands will bring shame to the UK and damage its standing in the free world, democracy seems to be for sale and weasel-mandleson seems to be the man whom will benefit in the future from such anti democratic actions.

This is the entire "2nd reading" for those who have the time to watch it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_8597000/8597125.stm

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