UK Politician Vacations With Hollywood Big Shot... Suddenly Wants To Criminalize Sharing

from the funny-how-that-works dept

Calvin alerts us to the news that, just days after dining with entertainment industry honcho David Geffen while on holiday, at the Rothschild family villa on Corfu, Lord Peter Mandelson, the UK's Business Secretary suddenly returned to the office and demanded that the Digital Britain report be beefed up to include criminalizing file sharing. Even the press reporting on this seem pretty skeptical of the reasoning behind it (which is a first). While a spokesperson for Mandelson insisted the wining and dining with Geffen had nothing to do with things, someone else in the office seemed to disagree:
'Until the past week, Mandelson had shown little personal interest in the Digital Britain agenda. Suddenly Peter returned from holiday and effectively issued this edict that the regulation needs to be tougher.'
Perhaps you can't take a single anonymous quote seriously, but it's at least worth finding out why Mandelson suddenly thinks it's a smart thing to criminalize a large portion of the online activity in the UK.
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Filed Under: copyright, criminalize, david geffen, file sharing, peter mendelson, uk


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  1. identicon
    Enrico Suarve, 18 Aug 2009 @ 6:45am

    Re: Stop Fighting Technology Disperse Nuclear Weapons

    Firstly, even if the premise that the guys at the top of the extremely disproportionate pile might not be able to sustain the current levels of richness and those at the bottom may start to earn more - so? Why would that be such an awful thing anyway?

    Secondly, I never understand commenters like you anyway; Mike sees a problem and is simply voicing an opinion on ways to adapt future business models to account for this. He's not responsible for the problem and not every idea he comes up with is in my opinion workable but so what? Is that really reason to get with all the shouty "ha ha ha you don't know the answer" posts?

    I would assume you have even less of an idea of the answer since that's the one thing you don't seem to attempt to communicate (apologies if you do indeed have the answer, in which case please accept my criticism that your chosen method of communication sucks)

    Why do so many of you and your ilk seem to confuse reasoned debate with finger pointing?

    Back to the topic Peter Mandelson is generally reviled in the UK as other commenters have already mentioned, it doesn't surprise me that he is behind such an idiotic legal proposal or that he has yet again been caught getting pally with the Rothschilds, he was recently caught with them and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska - talk about judging someone by their friends...

    Once upon a time I would have said that such a law would stand little chance of being passed, but the damage nuLabour have inflicted on the lords and the fact that they are so out of touch with the UK populace as to place Mandelson as 2nd in line for the party leadership, stops me from being this optimistic

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