UK Politicians Pushing Back On Mandelson's Digital Economy Bill

from the it's-the-industry's-fault dept

Luca Leonardi alerts us to the news that at least some politicians in the UK are pushing back against Peter Mandelson's Digital Economy Bill, with Lord Lucas specifically pointing out that the real problem seemed to be one of the entertainment industry's own making:
"We need to bear in mind that the problems now facing the industry are, to quite a large extent, of their own creation," he said. "The industry has been extremely slow to listen to the demands of its customers, and has had something of an abusive relationship with them, seeking to punish them before thinking of how to serve them better.

"It has taken a decade for the industry to produce sensible alternatives to illegal file-sharing, and the fact that a generation of people have become used to an illegality comes down to the industry's sluggishness. It is still slow."
Lucas, who considers himself a libertarian, also questioned the use of IP addresses as identifying who was doing something online:
"I am not at all clear that we have the technology to go beyond the IP address, which comes into my router, to identify which user of perhaps one or two dozen who have access, has done the illegal downloading," he told the peers.

"We need to be very clear that we do not tip people into losing their internet connection, or worse, on a technically fallible basis."
Nice to see at least someone pushing back on the reasoning behind the bill.
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Filed Under: copyright, digital economy bill, lord lucas, peter mandelson, uk


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 3 Dec 2009 @ 9:46pm

    Re:

    "For all the vilification directed to content industries and the constant hue and cry "they are taking away my rights, taking away my privacy, etc., etc.", has it ever occurred to those complaining the loudest that so-called "draconian copyright laws" are easily sidestepped by simply not downloading content that any reasonable person would know is not free for the taking?"

    Yeah, because the industry never claims that printers, dead people, elderly grandmothers and others who have never done anything illegal are guilty. No one has anything to fear! Just ignore the proposed sweeping changes. If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear!

    "There are many legitimate uses for P2P. How nice it would be to see such uses become the overwhelming norm and not what is the current norm."

    So many legitimate uses that the industries still attempt to sue any tool, tool provider, or tool provider provider out of existence.

    "Perhaps in time the current content idustries so heavily invested in business practices relying upon copyright law will begin a shift towards what Mr. Masnick advocates, but until then it is the right of those industries to rely on the law and assert their rights under the law."

    I believe you mean to rely on lobbyists to get the laws changed for them at the expensive of everyone else.

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