UK Digital Economy Act Will Not Be Fixed SoonAdded: Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
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Eric Joyce, Labor MP for Falkirk, stated that a lot of arguments that have been used to pass the law were really “nonsense”. Therefore, he believes, it will only be via experience of the application of the legislation that considerable amendments will be created to fix all of its flaws.
It seems like more unsatisfactory news about the British controversial copyright legislation is piling up this month. Just a week ago a spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport announced that due to a number of unforeseen obstacles the legislation wouldn’t be implemented within the next year. In the meantime, the judicial review of the Digital Economy Act concluded in the end of the month in which the UK’s High Court will decide if a number of the DEA’s provisions infringe the UK or EU law.
In addition, today Eric Joyce, Labor MP for Falkirk and also chair of the Digital Economy All Party Parliamentary Group, announced that it will most likely take at least several years to fix the law. He believes that in a year or two the legislation will be usable, but it’ll only be through experience gained through its application.
UK MP also said that multiple arguments used to pass the law were really “nonsense”. He pointed out that Business Secretary Lord Mandelson, head of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, who was responsible for implementing the recommendations given towards reducing file-sharing, just listened to the arguments, took his decision, and then left and let the others take the ball and go with it.
Eric Joyce admitted that since all of them agreed with the DEA there wasn’t any scrutiny for flaws, which won’t occur until real practice with the legislation that the community will see considerable amendments to fix the law. However, the MP made a point to say that the argument made by copyright owners about each unauthorized download equalling a lost sale is just ludicrous. Meanwhile, Joyce didn’t mention even more ludicrous fact – entertainment industry revenue, as everyone already knows, is actually up since 2007, which undoubtedly makes the need for copyright legislation seem all the more elusive.
Finally, in the late 2010, the BPI published a report saying that 58% of file-sharers use (guess what?) Google(!) to find free music, adding that the use of cyberlocker services and illegal MP3 pay websites are “rising alarmingly.”
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