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Digital Economy Bill: Update
Wednesday 07 April 2010 01:32:40 by Sebastien Lahtinen

The Digital Economy Bill was debated for some hours in the House of Commons yesterday until quite late into the evening. A coalition of MPs ranging from Tom Watson from the Labour Party to John Redwood from the Conservatives challenged the front benches of the three main parties to drop plans to implement content blocking or other 'technical measures' to deal with connections which are found to be used for unlawful downloading of copyrighted content.

The bill completed its second reading and will proceed to the report stage today and it is expected to be passed into law prior to the dissolution of the parliament, as part of wash-up negotiations between the front benches.

Yesterday evening, rumours were circulating that the government would be dropping plans for its 'broadband tax', a 50 pence per month levy on phone lines, which forms part of the Finance Bill, in order to seek opposition support.


Posted by ciday over 7 years ago
Well that's it then. We should just stop using the internet as we will be sued for downloading potentially anything now...
Posted by timmay over 7 years ago
Challenged ... but what was the out come?

No 50p levy? Where will Labour get money to found next-gen?
Posted by herdwick over 7 years ago
Labour will re-introduce the levy if re-elected.

So know you can vote in a real poll on the issue !
Posted by herdwick over 7 years ago
The Digital Economy Bill passed its second reading ie it passed on a step. Today it will be passed or otherwise.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 7 years ago
As it stands you can be 'sued for downloading potentially anything now' nothing stopping a firm taking civil action against you for almost anything.

With DEB there will be the warning letters, with threat of further measures, e.g. throttling, 'temporary' suspension or civil action just like now.
Posted by mike41 over 7 years ago
No problem passing this legislation without debate. Wonder why MPs can't apply the same fast-track approach to reform of their own expenses?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
Labour can not be allowed to win the next election if your vote has anything to do with a partys broadband choices.
0p scheme scrapped... Thats you rural whingers screwed along with this rushed through legalisation dross.... Get them the hell out i say.
Posted by herdwick over 7 years ago
"No problem passing this legislation without debate" - I must have imagined the time I spent watching the Lords and yesterday the Commons doing precisely that. It was debated and yesterday's vote was unanimous to take it forward. They are not prepared to do nothing about piracy, not to lose many other measures in the bill.
Posted by JeremyBoden over 7 years ago
Now a company or whoever can choose whether to rely on DEB or sue you in a civil case - or do both. If the government wishes to block your website, they just use DEB. I bet the Chinese will be implementing their own version of DEB shortly!
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
^^^ Yep and when they fine you in court you know where the money is gonna go, straight into the festering money pit Labour have put the country in and a nice side slice for the music/movie industry. Makes me shudder when you think of all the secret hand shakes and smirks which probably went down.
Posted by Fixer109 over 7 years ago
Just shows the MP's aren't interested in what their constituents want. Well let's see what happens at the election
Posted by pigfister over 7 years ago
@ timmay 5

maybe the Telecom companies should pay for it as there is no way we will get any reduction in our fees regardless of the fact that we would be subsidising it. and will we ever likely have a decent broadband service in the UK which isnt lumbered with target advertising(phorm ect), traffic shaping, protocol throttling or disgustingly low fair usage policies?

do we get any discount from our water bills, BT charges, Train infrastructure, British Gas or any of the other service that were built using public monies & then sold off to the private corporations to bleed us dry?
Posted by pigfister over 7 years ago
"Posted by andrew

With DEB there will be the warning letters, with threat of further measures, e.g. throttling, 'temporary' suspension or civil action just like now."

the key differance now is that you are presumed guilty until proven innocent, you have no right to be heard in a court of law, you have to attend a media industry tribunal that you are not entitled to legal aid for, you are responsible for the costs even if you are found innocent, and there is a clause that protects the media industry from counter litigation for vexatious claims, against suspected infringer.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
Yep a new mob law of sorts
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