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News Archives 3321-3340
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3321 Iceland's IMMI - The New Frontier For Internet Journalism And Freedom 21/03/2010 15:02:12
3322 UK Digital Economy Bill - It Has To End Here 21/03/2010 15:11:19
3323 Massive Protest Ramps Up - Internet Freedom Threatened 21/03/2010 15:14:11
3324 Let's Kill The British Digital Economy Bill 21/03/2010 15:20:37
3325 Digital Economy Bill Threatens One Click (Updated) 21/03/2010 15:25:47
3326 How To Contact Freedom Of Speech Killer Peter Mandelson 21/03/2010 15:55:16
3327 How To Stop Pharma Drug Crimes - Jail Time For Executives 22/03/2010 17:32:01
3328 Australia Protests Manipulative Mandelson's Digital Economy Bill 22/03/2010 18:01:04
3329 10,000 Protest Internet Disconnection - Abuse Of Parliamentary Process 22/03/2010 18:25:22
3330 Saudi Arabia Suspends GlaxoSmithKline's Killer Avandia Drug 23/03/2010 12:40:37
3331 Civil Society Activism Hinders Vaccine Introduction In India: Vote For Autocracy? 23/03/2010 12:45:19
3332 GlaxoSmithKline's Rotarix Vaccine Suspended Due To Pig Virus Insertion 23/03/2010 12:50:47
3333 Free Speech Set To Be Made Law In Iceland 23/03/2010 13:03:58
3334 Protest The British Digital Economy Bill - Demand Worldwide Free Speech 23/03/2010 13:09:16
3335 Lobby Gate - Dirty Law Political Rent Boys & Girls Rule OK In Britain 26/03/2010 14:48:06
3336 Psychiatrists And Pharma: Palpable Corruption 28/03/2010 12:59:01
3337 Experts Posit Swine Flu Vaccine Link To Illnesses 28/03/2010 13:05:36
3338 Mother Of Brain-Damaged British Teen Calls For Vaccine Ban 28/03/2010 13:08:05
3339 Vietnam Halts Use Of Pig Virus Infected Vaccine 28/03/2010 13:12:32
3340 UK Police Ask Internet Cafés To Monitor Customers 28/03/2010 13:17:14

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Let's Kill The British Digital Economy Bill
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Mar 18 2010
Let's kill the Digital Economy Bill
The voice of the people
By Asavin Wattanajantra


THE PEOPLE have the chance to rise up and crush the Digital Economy Bill before the UK Government grovels before the entertainment cartels.

Thanks to people power society 38 Degrees and the Open Rights Group, Internet users who object to the threat of disconnection can write to their MPs and prevent the Government from rushing the bill through.

The people will also join the companies like BT, TalkTalk, Google, Yahoo and Ebay in opposing the bill, which is readily supported by music companies and has already been hustled through the House of Lords.

There are several major issues that campaigners have with the bill, such as clause 17, which would allow ministers to muck around with copyright law at their whim in the future and ramp up even more severe penalties against Internet users who are merely suspected of having infringed copyrights.

The bill would also allow ISPs to punish subscribers without the need for a court injunction, with their connections suffering from being "cancelled, capped, bottlenecked, shaped or simply slapped with a discretionary fine" as another Inquirer writer nicely put it.

It does look like the bill won't really be examined as closely as it should be due to the rush towards the election in May. But through Twitter and other social networks it already seems clear that people are definitely not keen on this bill and what it could mean for them.

But will the government, or indeed the opposition parties listen to the people through these channels, as they so often claim they do? Would people vote for or against a certain party on the basis of one policy? It wouldn't be that much of a stretch to think that they might.

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Related Links:
* Stop The Disconnection Demo Launches At Parliament
Demo Information, Open Rights Group
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