It’s the date UK parliamentarians made it clear they’re wholly ruled by a tiny cliche of greedy and corrupt entertainment industry corporations.
Craven British politicians have allowed themselves to be led by the nose, to put the best light on it, by Peter ‘Mandy’ Mandelson, the unelected head of the department of business, innovation and skills who’s been fronting the three strikes and you’re off the net segment of the so-called digital economy bill.
Last night it was passed, voted through after just two hours of ‘debate’ by a mere 40 or so MPs from a total of 646.
It got a critical third reading, meaning it’ll get royal assent and become law.
It also meant “Hollywood and the Big 4 record labels are being allowed to throw due process into the garbage can” said p2pnet.
Under the DEB’s Three Strikes section, the government will become the de facto taxpayer funded copyright agent for the music and movie studios, and ISPs will be official cartel enforcers, disconnecting from the internet any of their customers designated as ‘repeat’ file sharers by the entertainment industry.
Says James Graham in the Guardian >>>
You would be hard pressed to find a better example of how broken our current political system is than the passage of the digital economy bill through parliament.
A vast sprawling bill made to order on behalf of the so-called creative industries in the face of opposition from pretty much everyone else, it has all the hallmarks of legislation carved up between Sir Humphrey and a minister with an ego of monstrous proportions (only Lord Mandelson would consider Henry VIII-style powers as something to aspire to in the 21st century).
“Don’t let anyone fool you that the problem is one bad law or some debilitating nonsense about all politicians being the same”, he says.
“The system stinks … ”
..… and identi.ca
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