At first, this sounded like a good thing: a software industry group slammed the Digital Britain report
that came out recently
for basically caving to recording industry interests, noting that it was just that industry using its lobbying power to try to prop up a failed business model. Indeed! Except... then you look at the details and it's not as impressive. The software group is the Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software (FAST IiS), which should already have you scratching your head... and then the details show that basically they're not upset about propping up a failed business model, they just wish it also
propped up their own failed business model:
"All digital content is equal before the law and so too should be all digital industries. A piecemeal approach will confuse digital consumers, both the public and businesses, will muddy the legal framework and will therefore ultimately impede Britain's success in the new digital economy of the twenty-first century."
Yes, it's awful that the plan basically tries to prop up one industry -- but why should it need to prop up two industries with failed business models?