UK Liberal Democrats Decide to Repeal Digital Economy ActAdded: Thursday, May 27th, 2010
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The UK’s Liberal Democrats are going to take an advantage of new-found clout in order to assume all possible measures to achieve the repeal of such controversial parts of the bill as disconnection and website blocking.
Liberal Democrats have informed that they intend to use a new-found clout as a piece of the coalition government formed with the Conservative Party in order to repeal several most controversial parts of the recently passed Digital Economy Act. As you should remember by heart, it includes disconnection from the Internet for repeat infringers, ban on public access Wi-Fi and website filtering. There was a lot of mess around the fact that this very important bill was passed in a hurry in the per-election period. The hurry resulted in two-hour Commons debate preceding a passage, though the similar process would have taken weeks or months of scrutiny in normal conditions, but not squeezed up by 5% of MPs taking part in debates.
Eventually, the Liberal Democrats held a conference last week to discuss the Digital Economy Act and there vowed to repeal the parts of the Act that are considered inconsistent with such policy motions as those about freedom, creativity and the Internet.
Conference was not happy to see website filtering and users disconnecting being used to respond to copyright violation. They also condemned the methods of threatening to the freedom of people by controlling their traffic, websites blocking and internet disconnections. Instead, they support the principle of online neutrality, where all content is treated equally in the web. However, they do admit the rights of performers to be rewarded in fair and proportionate way.
What is interesting in this Liberal Democrats’ move is that it initially was a joint proposal from Conservative and Liberal Democrats about introducing website blocking. Moreover, Amendment 120a, related to website blocking, was cited from a BPI request letter. Fortunately, the Amendment was revised before the passage of the Bill to allow accused sites to appeal the accusations prior to removing copyrighted content at the risk of being blocked from the Internet.
Still, it’s very interesting to know the reason why the Liberal Democrats have changed their route so suddenly. Do they really believe disconnection and blocking from the Internet are not a good idea or it’s just a political posturing?
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Thursday, May 27th, 2010
|posted by (2010-05-27 15:57:45)|
|Interesting article. The Lib Dems have always seemed to be a little more sensible in opposition than the the other parties. It might be the fact that they thought they would not gain power that enabled them to make sensible policy statements rather than pandering to the lowest common denominator of tabloid readership or the rich. Now at least, they have some power and can probably start to curtail the Tory's more stupid efforts. This one is a good start, anything that p!sses off Mandelson is fine by me.|
|posted by (2010-05-27 16:48:21)|
|It's probably due to the government cut backs in spending. As we all know the hunt for the master criminals downloading a few films a week costs them millions and they get nothing in return. The UK simply can't afford it. 3 cheers for being skint I say.|
|posted by (2010-05-27 17:25:31)|
|this will never happen remember the tories are the main part of the government there is zero chance the tories will let them do this even if its like they say bits of the bill and not it all|
|posted by (2010-05-27 18:47:49)|
|If the Torrys give the LibDems a hard time then the coalition will fail, and Parliament will be hung. Then it is back to the polls. So I'm betting that this human rights destroying Labour act will get the elbow.|
|posted by (2010-05-28 00:03:06)|
|thats just it they are only talking about part of it I see nothing that says they are going to stop this rule about the isps giving are data to the bpi|
|im beginning to realise downloading is getting like safe sex - its up to each person to protect themselves - or sooner or later u in trouble|
|Isp's pay millions in taxes every year by making profit from the end user(us).|
Lets all wake up to real facts that they wont ever stop people sharing and building internet world wide community.Governments still take takes through the ISP'S via us,makes it all very hypocritical indeed.
Put up or shut up!
2 public schoolboys in bed again...oh the joys of eton and Caldicott..Spin spin spin
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