Internet users are being threatened with imprisonment:
UK web surfers have caught a grim glimpse of the future with Internet users being threatened with 10 years in jail for “illegal downloading” after a prominent music file-sharing site was shut down shortly after Britain signed the notorious ACTA bill.
It is the first time such a move has been made against Internet users in the UK. The British government introduced regulations in 2009 enabling Internet providers to track users who downloaded illegal content from the web and disable their connection
[This is a reference to the Digital Economy Act passed by the Labour government just before the general election in 2009]
if warning letters had no effect. But signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has brought the conflict to a whole new level.
The doctor who killed Michael Jackson got 4 years in prison. If you download one of his songs, you could go to prison for 2 and a half times that. Where’s the justice in that? Furthermore, under the Digital Economy Act, you could have your internet connection cut off without you getting a fair trial (or indeed any trial at all), and everyone in your household would also be cut off which is collective punishment (defined as a war crime in the Geneva Convention).
If you think downloading a Michael Jackson song isn’t as bad as killing Michael Jackson, you can’t vote Labour (they introduced the Digital Economy Act), you can’t vote SNP (they voted for the DEA), you can’t vote for the Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition(they support the DEA and the ACTA treaty).
Instead, you should vote for the Pirate Party. We stand for:
- no punishment without being found guilty in a court of law after a fair trial
- no collective punishment
- keeping the internet free