Britain's new Internet law sucks.

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PostSun Nov 22, 2009 6:01 am » by Forestgrove111


Britain's new Internet law -- as bad as everyone's been saying, and worse. Much, much worse.
The British government has brought down its long-awaited Digital Economy Bill, and it's perfectly useless and terrible. It consists almost entirely of penalties for people who do things that upset the entertainment industry (including the "three-strikes" rule that allows your entire family to be cut off from the net if anyone who lives in your house is accused of copyright infringement, without proof or evidence or trial), as well as a plan to beat the hell out of the video-game industry with a new, even dumber rating system (why is it acceptable for the government to declare that some forms of artwork have to be mandatorily labelled as to their suitability for kids? And why is it only some media? Why not paintings? Why not novels? Why not modern dance or ballet or opera?).
So it's bad. £50,000 fines if someone in your house is accused of filesharing. A duty on ISPs to spy on all their customers in case they find something that would help the record or film industry sue them (ISPs who refuse to cooperate can be fined £250,000).

But that's just for starters. The real meat is in the story we broke yesterday: Peter Mandelson, the unelected Business Secretary, would have to power to make up as many new penalties and enforcement systems as he likes. And he says he's planning to appoint private militias financed by rightsholder groups who will have the power to kick you off the internet, spy on your use of the network, demand the removal of files or the blocking of websites, and Mandelson will have the power to invent any penalty, including jail time, for any transgression he deems you are guilty of. And of course, Mandelson's successor in the next government would also have this power.

What isn't in there? Anything about stimulating the actual digital economy. Nothing about ensuring that broadband is cheap, fast and neutral. Nothing about getting Britain's poorest connected to the net. Nothing about ensuring that copyright rules get out of the way of entrepreneurship and the freedom to create new things. Nothing to ensure that schoolkids get the best tools in the world to create with, and can freely use the publicly funded media -- BBC, Channel 4, BFI, Arts Council grantees -- to make new media and so grow up to turn Britain into a powerhouse of tech-savvy creators. # http://www.boingboing.net/2009/11/20/br ... terne.html

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PostSun Nov 22, 2009 7:02 am » by Theklown


bummer, my brother just moved to England lol, ill give him a shout and see whats up with that

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PostSun Nov 22, 2009 7:50 am » by Realorfake


Britain sounds like it blows...
How many times must you honk your horn and say fuck you?
Now what the fuck does that do?
You feel better now, I didnt let you pass.
How bout I stop my car and beat your fuckin' ass?

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PostSun Nov 22, 2009 9:34 am » by Exoatmospheric1


talk about anti-privacy.... The U.S. is in secret non-transparent-talks right now as I type this, seems to me when all this is said and done, I should be able to look over my shoulder and have one of these guys spit on my cock before I fuck my girl.

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PostSun Nov 22, 2009 11:18 am » by Bri84


It doesn't surprise me. They don't like that the net can be very educational.

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PostMon Nov 23, 2009 1:03 pm » by Ogmios


The way out of this is direct action. By that I mean everyone has to constantly file share and refuse to pay any fines. Also, I know from personal experience, if you are cut off by BT you simply open an account under a false name and pay the bill as normal.
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PostMon Nov 23, 2009 2:48 pm » by TheDuck


ogmios wrote:The way out of this is direct action. By that I mean everyone has to constantly file share and refuse to pay any fines. Also, I know from personal experience, if you are cut off by BT you simply open an account under a false name and pay the bill as normal.


Done, done and done lol
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