Copyright policy in the UK: an evidence-free zone

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12 Responses to “Copyright policy in the UK: an evidence-free zone”

  1. jimwormold says:

    And yet it probably won’t be long until we hear the old government line that piracy is costing the media industry £400, 000, 000 a year.

  2. I know there is a corporate defense speech for keeping the digital product (that is easier to manufacture, store and distribute) at a higher cost than the physical product, despite the often proclaimed risk of people looking for better (and easier) alternatives that would net zero income for the company.. I just can’t think of one.
    Can anyone link me to a marketspeak defense for this? I’d honestly appreciate it.

  3. Nick Wood says:

    Just a pretext for increasing control over the internet by government and big business. They won’t let facts (or lack thereof) inconvenience them.

  4. Given that we already ‘know’ that the commercial music lobby bought a number of peers — they actually WROTE part of the current act! — why the hell aren’t we picketing london and demanding the heads of our MPs?

    …Oh, wait.  We are.  But not about this.

  5. I guess this is what you get for supporting David Cameron.  Or, rather, what we call got because of your support of David Cameron.  ["You" being Cory's faction of the Liberal Democrats].

  6. Baldhead says:

    “Now I don’t have the facts to back this up, but the British film industry lost 100 000 000 jobs last year due to piracy”

  7. Henry Gomersall says:

    @Stephen Linhart
    Although I understand you might not like a particular political party, this sort of thing goes on *whoever* is in power. It seems to be the nature of politics that being well informed is certainly not a requirement for being in power, and this, sadly, is universally exploited.

  8. Do I prefer Labor over the Tories?  Is this a trick question?  Look at voting records not rhetoric.  “New Labor” is more conservative than the Labor party was.  But they don’t hold a candle to the Tories.  If they did, the racists and bigots from the Conservative Party would defect to Labor.  These arguments, that they’re all the same, or kick out the current scoundrels (ignoring who they’ll be replaced with) ignore the fact that there are real differences in voting records.  If the choice is between a conservative Labor Party and a VERY conservative Conservative Party, it makes no sense to support the Conservative Party because you think Labor is too conservative.

  9. Note: I’m not saying all Conservative Party members are racist bigots.  I’m saying that if there was a more conservative, viable alternative, it is the racist bigots who would jump ship first.

  10. SarahKH says:

    Of course they don’t hold any details.  They don’t need to.  The people paying them will happily feed them completely accurate figures to back up any and all legislation they’ve written.

    Sorry, it might not be as overt bribery as we see in the states but our politicians and civil servants are just as corrupt.

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