The Guardian on the Digital Economy Bill

The Guardian has a good editorial on the Digital Economy Bill:

The digital economy bill is misnamed. A more honest title for the legislation, recently introduced in the Lords, would be the copyright protection and punishment bill. It is less about creating the digital businesses of the 21st century than protecting the particular 20th century business models used in music and film.

The bill is narrow in vision but dangerously broad in creating sweeping ministerial powers to punish digital pirates. It boils Digital Britain down to three Ms – media, music and movies – myopically ignoring the pioneers of new technology, and showing a blind spot for all creativity outside the so-called creative industries. Digital Britain is much more than digital media – there are the start-ups of London’s Silicon Roundabout, the great success story of Cambridge chip designer ARM and the small businesses all over the land using the net to open up opportunities. Instead of empowering digital Britons, the bill follows the lead of music and movie corporations, who already apply a presumption of guilt to their customers. Instead of treating the web as a platform of possibilities, it recasts it as a tool for mass theft.

I wrote in the comments that I agree 100% and it could have been written by the Pirate Party! When views this much in agreement with us are published in edotorials in national daily newspapers, it demonstrates we’re winning the argument.

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One Response to The Guardian on the Digital Economy Bill

  1. stevevirgin says:

    “Clause 11 – I’ve just read this blog article:
    http://www.francisdavey.co.uk/2009/12/government-wants-new-powers-to-block.html

    Its worth a read (its quite short too) because it is pointing out that clause 11 of the current bill would enable the government (if the bill was passed) to, effectively, censor any websites that it did not agree with. The blog’s author cites WikiLeaks as an example of a website that might be a candidate for censorship but but there are many, many more. As a denizen of the net I am pretty much opposed to any form of censorship and its clear to me that Clause 11 cannot go through in its current form.” One of the great joys of the online world is the almost total lack of state control, meddling and censorship. By including this clause in the Digital Economy Bill, this country is clearly aligning itself with such enlightened democracies as the Peoples’ Republic of China, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Burma.

    http://www.virginonmedia.wordpress.com (Steve V)

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