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Mandelson Gets To Choose How Long Your 'Temporary' Suspension Would Be

from the forever-minus-a-day? dept

Remember how the UK was just playing a word game by claiming that it wouldn't disconnect users from the internet via Peter Mandelson's Digital Economy Bill? That was quickly debunked, as people realized that the gov't was simply changing how it described the disconnection, calling it a "temporary account suspension" instead. Of course, that's still a disconnect. Another unresolved question, however, was how long is temporary? Turns out the answer is however long Peter Mandelson thinks is appropriate.


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    Ccomp5950 (profile), Feb 24th, 2010 @ 11:58pm

    I'm reminded of some testimony during the Mickey Mouse Copyright Extension act (Sonny Bono) where one of the persons giving testimony said copyright should last forever minus a day, that way it's still constitutional being "a limited time".

    You have been temporarily suspended: Forever-1d

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Feb 25th, 2010 @ 1:10am

    Re:

    I'm reminded of some testimony during the Mickey Mouse Copyright Extension act (Sonny Bono) where one of the persons giving testimony said copyright should last forever minus a day, that way it's still constitutional being "a limited time".

    Yup. Did you see the dept this story was posted in? :)

     

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    James, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 2:19am

    Only Hope

    Our only hope is the EVIL Madelson is delayed and distracted from pushing this ridiculous legislation though until after the election. Which we hope Labour looses and the Cons dont pick this up.

     

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    Devilish Presley (profile), Feb 25th, 2010 @ 2:27am

    Coming from London, having this corrupt wretch in such a position of power is not only depressing, but sickening as well.

    Ye are many, they are few.

     

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    Chargone (profile), Feb 25th, 2010 @ 2:28am

    Re: Only Hope

    I'll admit to not exactly being familiar with British politics, but...

    If it's anything like New Zealand or the USA seem to be, the worse an idea is without causing active riots in the streets and assassination attempts against it's proponents, the more likely it is that a change in governments which still leaves one of the 'big two' parties in power will not get rid of it.

    in other words 'i wouldn't bet anything i couldn't afford to lose on it getting tossed even if it's current proponents loose'

     

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    Richard (profile), Feb 25th, 2010 @ 3:41am

    Re: Only Hope

    Our only hope is the EVIL Madelson is delayed and distracted from pushing this ridiculous legislation though until after the election. Which we hope Labour looses and the Cons dont pick this up.

    Unfortunately the evidence suggests that they will - our only hope is a hung parliament so the politicians don't have time to do this kind of stuff.

     

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    V, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 5:36am

    Yet another reason to leave, to seek freedom elsewhere... however the options on where to go are narrowing daily.

    Australia, hardly. America, I don't think so. Europe, even worse. New Zealand, nope...

    Just how long before people realise that, even online, there is nowhere left to run, and turn against this impecunious imposition and impediment to our freedom of speech ?

    Perhaps instead we should ask ourselves...when did the politicians become the enemy, and what shall we do about it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 5:52am

    Re:

    Find a quiet island and live the remainder of your life in peace?

     

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    NullOp, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 5:55am

    Govt

    Like I've said so many times, the government is NOT your friend in any way, shape or form! Even here in the U.S. they are more the enemy than they ever have been. Big Business has essentially convinced Congress they exist to help them fleece the general public. Remember, profit is not enough, only OBSCENE profit will do! Its time for a change and if we, as a people, can ever grow-a-pair maybe it will happen. And Obama damn sure ain't the answer!

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Feb 25th, 2010 @ 6:24am

    Re: Re:

    "Yup. Did you see the dept this story was posted in? :)"

    Speaking of which, I have to say, your organization has WAY too many departments.

    The logistical problems must be paralyzing...

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Feb 25th, 2010 @ 6:27am

    Re: Re: Only Hope

    "our only hope is a hung parliament"

    Holding....back....obvious....but still funny......joke......

    [Head Explodes]

     

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    NAMELESS.ONE, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 6:28am

    so 3 strikes according to EU is illegal

    I KNOW lets do it in one and call it a disconnection ya ya ya ya
    that works
    ...idiots...uk govt run by soup nazi's

     

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    mike allen (profile), Feb 25th, 2010 @ 7:52am

    while going to work

    on a lamp post near the rail station some pu the following notice "Use this post for something usefull hang a MP"

     

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    Kurto (profile), Feb 25th, 2010 @ 8:08am

    There simply cannot be a bigger idiot in British politics than Mandelson. Oh wait a minute, there's the Prime Minister...

     

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    Freedom, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 8:35am

    Fear... (from on your knees department)

    Government is supposed to be our servant.

    If we fear the Government instead of the Government fearing us, than one has to ask who is the servant?

    What have you done today to promote your views?

    The Pro Copyright Camp is slowly winning battles. They realize that there is a tipping point and that you can be controlled if they can just win over enough ISPs to play ball (willingly or via legal means).

    Freedom

     

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    Logan2057 (profile), Feb 25th, 2010 @ 1:11pm

    Mandelson Gets To Choose How Long Your "Temporary" Suspension Will Be

    Hi, Gang;
    Just came from another website P2Pnet.net and it seems Mandy isn't gonna get his way as Lord High Enforcer for the Kartels.
    "Apparently Conservative and Liberal Democrat lords will unite to vote down Clause 17 of the Digital Economy Bill, which has been criticised by internet giants such as Google and Yahoo!, when the Bill is put to vote in its report stage.

    The music and film industries will be dismayed by the two parties’ refusal to sanction the clause, which would have allowed Lord Mandelson to fast-track legislation to combat websites that host pirated content."
    So it looks like wiser heads have prevailed after all.

     

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    Ccomp5950 (profile), Feb 25th, 2010 @ 9:32pm

    Re: Re:

    Yup. Did you see the dept this story was posted in? :)

    Touché good sir, nicely done.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Feb 26th, 2010 @ 6:06am

    It's already been voted down in the Lords; Clause 17 was voted down earlier this week (shown on BBC Parliament).

     

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