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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK’s Digital Economy Bill Passed its Second Reading

UK’s Digital Economy Bill Passed its Second Reading

UK’s Digital Economy Bill Passed its Second Reading

Added: Saturday, April 10th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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DEB (the Digital Economy Bill) of the United Kingdom has finally passed the 2nd reading today in the House of Commons. It is going to be taken to a 3rd reading as well. During the process of reading, Rick Falkvinge, the leader of Swedish Pirate Party, was even reported to be imprisoned.

All the situation with DEB is familiar to you, if you track the things just a little. Nobody wants it except the entertaining industry – ISPs, many MPs, the legal profession and more than 20 thousand people, who have written their elected representatives in order to ask them express the public’s discontent. Now the legislation is in a rush to be passed before the end of Parliament.

The results of the debates were not exactly the same as the community might have hoped. The Bill turned out to be not very important for most MPs. There were only twenty members present at the five hours of debates, just 1 of them being the member of Liberal Democrat Party, who promised to vote against the DEB.

The debate was mostly centered on the matter of disconnecting the users, but this time again unverified industry’s estimates were passed off as facts. Many MPs were surprised by the decision of the Government to start it now and pass such a controversial bill as this so fast. Nevertheless, the legislation got passed its 2nd reading and the 3rd is planned for tomorrow.

So we can watch the Bill being passed, as if there were no vast opposition ever, no thousands of letters from the concerned citizens, no hundred articles, organized events and clear public opinion. Instead, the Bill is rushed through with almost no debate, like we all feared. The only reasonable suggestion to leave the Bill for the next Parliament was derided, because “we need it now”. Seems like nobody’s aware that the industries that “need it now” have been prospering for the last decade without it!

In the meantime, the Members of Parliament are no more concerned with the public opinion than just comments on Twitter. So now the Bill has a total of 2 hours for passing Committee, Reports and the 3rd reading scheduled for later. After all this it can finally be passed and sent to the House of Lords to be signed into law. If you are more concerned than MPs, you can watch the first 2 hours of debate on the BBC official website. Fingers crossed.

April 10th, 2010

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Date:  Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-04-10 18:15:39)
iamezaz avatarfeel bad for Rick Falkvinge, the leader of Swedish Pirate Party.Very bad the situation is out of hand becuz the legislation is in a rush to be passed before the end of Parliamentary sessions.britain lookng not good as a democracy lol

posted by (2010-04-10 20:27:23)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarthanks for the read SaM...

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