Digital Economy Bill

I won’t vote for any MP who supports Mandelson’s Digital Economy Bill

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I’ve just started a new facebook group: I won’t vote for any MP who supports Mandelson’s Digital Economy Bill.

 

The Digital Economy Bill plans to disconnect people from the internet if they’ve merely been accused of filesharing, or if anyone sharing their connection has been so accused. This is a breach of our human rights, and must be opposed.


Andrew Robinson interview

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Pirate leader Andrew Robinson has been interviewed on Simply Syndicated, where he discusses Mandelson's Digital Economy Bill.

What the Queen didn't say

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The Queen's speech was notable not so much for the new announcements in it, but for the things it didn't include. Her Majesty did not say that her government would disconnect it's citizen's internet connections, or introduce a £50,000 fine for infringing the copyright of a file that cost £0.00 to reproduce, or that it would give harsher penalties for downloading a file for free than for buying the exact same information on a counterfeit disc.

 

But don't be fooled. This isn't a sudden outbreak of common sense, all those ill-considered provisions are still there, but for some reason the government forgot to tell the public about them in the Queen's speech. 

 

Sign the petition, and Talk Talk like a Pirate!

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Recently we've seen a wide array of campaigns and discussion forums about pirate politics. Billy Bragg has started a discussion blog, the Open Rights Group have done a lot of good work to raise awareness and talk sense about disconnection, and of course they have been a lot of petitions set up on the Number 10 website aimed at pointing out how wrong the government are to wage war on their own citizens over file sharing.

Now, a new player has entered the field of pirate politics, with a campaign against disconnection. Andrew Heany's petition against disconnections is different in one major way from all the others because it has the backing of the company he works for. Since he's Executive Director of strategy and Regulation at Talk Talk, this means we now have one of Britain's biggest ISPs actively supporting pirate policies.

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