Pirate Party response to Digital Britain

The Pirate Party have written a response to the government’s Digital Britain report. Some highlights:

“The fact that the government is proposing a £50,000 fine and a jail sentence, for a loss of a few pence that has not even been proved, shows the nightmare reality of Labour’s vision for a Digital Britain.” stated Andrew Robinson, Party Leadership contender.

“Rarely have I seen such an ill-disguised attempt to toady up to certain sectors of the business world,” said Andrew Norton, of Pirate Party International. “There is not even the pretence of intellectual integrity or base common sense.”

Most importantly, there is no reference at all to the mysterious ACTA treaty, a treaty written by American media lobbyists which will actually govern copyright in Labour’s Digital Britain, with no democratic input from the citizens of this nation.

The report parrots the ridiculous line that file-sharing equals theft. […] In Digital Britain the only voice being heard is that of rich media lobbyists.

In Digital Britain, ISPs will be free to carry on selling ‘up to’ 8Mb deals that turn out to deliver just the new 2Mb minimum standard. Mandating a certain headline speed for access is as effective as allowing M.P.s to regulate their own expenses, and the results will be the same.

The whole topic of net neutrality has mysteriously disappeared between the interim report and the final version. It seems that debate about this important issue is not welcome in a Digital Britain.

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