Sadly being logical and correct is not how it works in the UK when the BBC in involved. The BBC will come out of this looking bad because it is always the one at fault. It is even to blame for things that it has never been involved in, had no control over or happened before it even existed.
If you don't believe me ask anyone of the commercial TV/radio stations or newspapers in the UK. They'll tell you. The UK Government will probably agree but they'll have to check with Rupert Murdoch to find out what their position is first.
Give it a few more weeks and the BBC will be forced into a humiliating climb down that involves paying out millions from the licence fee for content listened to by all of 3 people. That waste of money will be their fault too, naturally.
I'll skip right over you missing the point completely and get to the real problem I have with your post? Sully Lord Mandelson's name? What parallel world are you living in where Mandelson has a reputation that could be made any worse by an accusation of copyright infringement?
"Maybe someone can have Mandelson impeached or something? Does the UK have such a policy for morons like him?"
Like has already been mentioned he is appointed by the government so the public has no way if ousting him. Also Mandelson has been booted out of politics twice because of his dodgy dealings and twice has been bought back into the Labour party, at the first available opportunity. He is untouchable. The only thing that can realistically get rid of him is a Tory victory at the next general election.
He wasn't originally but then he had dinner with 'billionaire media mogul' David Geffen and suddenly he was all for it. I'd hazard a guess that Mandelson has found himself a financial backer for his inevitable Labour party leadership challenge and subsequent General Election campaign. And all he had to do was sell British Internet users down the river.
No, of course not. Instead we will have an extended period of piss poor knock-offs of 'Paranormal Activity'. Most of which will have 10x the budget and be 1/10 as good. The knock-offs will continue until one knock-off doesn't make a profit or Hollywood catches on to a new fad.
It isn't just a normal company though is it? The postcode system was created while the Royal Mail was a 'proper' nationalised business and the money used was from public funds. The Royal Mail is still a limited company owned by the government. The British taxpayer paid for the postcode system directly so in my opinion the the database should be public domain. If the Royal Mail want to run an API that allows people access and make money from providing the infrastructure to do searches and the like that is fine. A copy of data however should be available freely to anyone who wants it.
I doubt he actually read your posts in any great depth. You hold a different opinion to him on this so he will label you a 'freetard' and proceed to attack you. The Register rarely elevates itself above the level of a UK tabloid these days.
Anyway I have so enjoyed reading techdirt (both your posts and the comments) during this Lily Allen kerfuffle that I have added it to my RSS feed and registered here. I didn't know about this site until I started following the story elsewhere. I guess Ms. Allen did you a favour by sharing your content. In fact her attempt to gather support for an aggressive stance against file sharing seems to have worked better at bringing people who disagree with her together.