Glyn sez, "People accused of breaking copyright over the internet
will have their internet connections cut off under tough new
laws to be proposed by the UK government today. The decision
is noteworthy since it was ruled out by the government's own
Digital Britain report in June as going too far. The Open
Rights Group believes the government is breaking its own
consultation guidelines by bring in the proposals in the way
they have and asks people to write to their MPs."
Yet again, we see knee-jerk reactions and policy swerves, this time in direct contravention of the government's own consultation guidelines. Those guidelines are there for a reason: to make sure government policy is balanced and considered. We will be making a formal complaint.
New fast-track P2P clampdown proposals announced today
The result of these proposals is likely to be protest, challenges and public arguments in the run-up to the General election. Popular movements in France, Sweden and elsewhere have kick-started over similar measures.
That will do nobody any good, neither politicians nor rights-holding industries, as copyright's reputation suffers further damage.
Copyright is under threat: from heavy handed business lobbying and simplistic enforcement proposals.
Some day, you may be the defendant in a criminal trial that turns on whether the software in a forensic device reached a reliable conclusion about a DNA test or other piece of evidence. Wouldn’t you like to have your own experts check the source code on that device?
An official New Zealand government bulletin on yesterday’s conclusion of the still-secret Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations accidentally confirmed something we all believed was in there all along: an extension of copyright terms to match the USA’s bizarre, evidence-free, century-plus terms.
Tim Harford, the Financial Times’s Undercover Economist, writes about the Happy Birthday to You court case, which finally settled the question of whether the familiar birthday song was still in copyright (it isn’t) and uses that as a springboard to ask the question: how long should copyright last?
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