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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK “Three-Strikes” – Appeals Procedure

UK “Three-Strikes” – Appeals Procedure

UK “Three-Strikes” – Appeals Procedure

Added: Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Stephen Timms, Digital Britain MP, is planning to propose an amendment concerning the appeals procedure to the UK’s Digital Economy Bill in the very near future.


The story of discussing and debating the Digital Economy Bill in the UK, which is intended to help fight illegal filesharing, is getting more and more confusing with the time passing. The most recent news was the amendments having been introduced to the bill. Some of them would force Internet Service Providers to filter alleged websites containing any illegal copyright material available for download, the others required to forbid on open Wi-Fi. However, the centre of the debate has always been the “developed” plan of Business Secretary Lord Mandelson, which called for a “three-strikes” law, allowing to cut the suspected file-sharers off the Internet.

The whole communities, including Internet Service Providers, digital rights advocates, users, the well-known web services and owners of search engines have frequently expressed their objections to this plan in vain. Internet Service Providers tried to argue their point of view, pointing to the numerous ways for those disconnected users to avoid the sentence of detection. The users alongside with digital rights advocates were quite resentful and have called it just unfair, as such kind of collective punishment affects entire households, thus depriving them of an essential tool for education, work, political activity and leisure. That was in vain too, though.

Now Stephen Timms says he is going to lighten some of the concerns of the government by proposing a new amendment to the Digital Economy Bill in the near future (probably next week or so). The amendment relates to appeals procedure, making it available for people to pursue. One of the conditions stipulated there is that no disconnection will take place before the appeal.

If your remember Stephen Timms, then you know him as the tolerably enlightened MP. He was the one who said last year (and was absolutely right) that broadband isn’t considered a luxury any longer, as it has become an essential tool for getting economic, commercial and social benefits. Another wise thought of him was that the public should better think twice and be careful when listening to copyright owners, demanding Internet Service Providers to do all dirty work.

March 23rd, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-03-24 03:22:37)
iamezaz avatarUK’s Digital Economy Bill not worth it

posted by (2010-03-24 05:35:24)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarim from america, so i dont care what happens over in the UK...

posted by (2010-03-24 07:58:50)
mobson avatarWell, as your grammar and spelling are appalling, I would also surmise that you couldn't pick out the UK on a map either.
I would be wary of what happens in the UK as the it is a microcosm of the USA. If it happens there, it could happen to you. It is strange this all comes after the posting of the most successful year in box office history, with profits vast in the middle of the worst recession in living memory. It's just another example of the powers that be just not getting how the internet works, maybe in time, the scales will fall from their eyes, but I doubt it.

posted by (2010-03-24 11:55:02)
kingtiger01 avatarohh it will, when there Dead and gone in this generation takes in there shoes. The one that remembers the power of the keyboard and the vastness of the Digitial Age.

Not the ones that think only in flat green paper and Bombs that make Mushroom Clouds.

posted by (2010-03-24 12:02:29)
Dare_Bear23 avatarYou may not care now 4JIMi2sTEXAS0, because you live in the USA but you can be sure that what ever happens over here in the UK, will almost certainly happen to you in the USA, as regards to file sharing laws. I am not sure but i am willing to bet that when you download a torrent that has the UK/USA flag next to it, around half ish of the seeds/leeches i think are probably from the UK and the USA. You dont care now because its happening here, but it will more than likely get to you in time unfortunately.

posted by (2010-03-24 17:17:21)
redmist64 avatarvpn is the way to go....

posted by (2010-03-24 21:44:21)
Mandelbrot avatarWell said Dare_Bear23, you`re dead right, what happens here, soon will be happening there and vice vera. I live in the UK but listen to Alex Jones`s radio show most days....keeping my eye on the world agenda!

posted by (2010-03-25 10:55:36)
cyberartist avatarIts starting to happen here in Australia - the government working with ISPs to filter the net. Copyright holders pressuring the ISPs to become the new net police. If I didnt see it happenning here I would not have believed it. Dont for one minute think its not happening in the US - because it already is - companies like Turner Entertainment and etc are already lobbying the US Government for precicely these types of measures. You either dont know about it or you choose to ignore it.

posted by (2010-03-25 12:32:51)
Mandelbrot avatarMy heart goes out to you Cyberartist and the rest of you in Oz. Alex Jones is constantly discussing how the net is continuously being monitored and the threat is only going to increase. He uses Australia as one of the examples every week,due to the draconion laws and measures that you have.WAKE UP PEOPLE IT`S COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR IP SOON!!!!!!

posted by (2010-03-26 14:13:36)
cyberartist avatarThe unfortunate thing is that most aussies are by and large unaware of these steps as they are being introduced by stealth without much in the way of announcemnts press releases or fanfare. Even most punters who use the net are blissfully unaware. Sad thing is this - because of our way of life - as long as youve got 2 cars in the garage - a pool in the backyard - and food in the fridge - then someone else should be able to fix this up. No worries my ass!

posted by (2010-03-27 14:11:08)
Mandelbrot avataryeah no worries my ass! Well said cyberartist- Unfortunately, ignorance in p2p will never end in bliss?

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