The man who invented the term “Digital Economy” has a low opinion of Mandelson’s Digital Economy Bill:
“File-sharing a classic example of a disruptive technology, and we’ve got to get over this mindset that peer-to-peer sharing of music is stealing,” says Tapscott. “Sadly, obsession with control, piracy, and proprietary standards on the part of large industry players will only serve to further alienate and anger music listeners.
“As the person who coined the term The Digital Economy in my 1995 book I do feel obliged to comment on the UK government’s recently unveiled Digital Economy Bill. The bill is fundamentally flawed because it punishes Internet users who share songs.”
It will probably not surprise readers of this blog that people who were using the internet years before Mandelson and Brown had even heard of it understand it better than they do.