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. icon
    Tek'a R (profile), 3 Dec 2009 @ 9:57pm

    Re:

    But these "idustries" are also heavily invested in Changing the laws. So forever bowing down to them, just hoping they will "begin a shift" is pointless as long as they continue to redefine Our rights, or rather, our Lack of rights.

    "gee, this mandatory tracking collar sure does chaff, but i am sure that any day now the RIAA will lobby to reverse the laws they had created. I guess until then we have to let them assert their rights.."

    Absurd, certainly, but your comment comes off sounding like a surveillance maximalist, crying out "if you are not breaking the law, you have nothing to hide!" What about "draconian copyright laws" that take away my rights to control my personally owned hardware and media? When did these business organizations obtain the gods-given right to dictate laws proclaiming their superiority over my ability to copy a dvd i own for use on devices that i.. wait for ti.. own?

    Perhaps in time the current lawmakers and public rights groups (so heavily distracted by massive amounts of cash from these businesses that pervert copyright law) will begin a shift towards what Mr Masnick advocates, but until then it remains the duty of individuals to rely on their rights and assert their freedom from laws that cement inferior businesses into positions of unchecked power.

    Its not unfair "vilification" when they are already treating everyone like criminals.

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