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The UK Seeks to Impose £150 million of Costs on ISP’s to Protect £200 million of Music Sales

I have just read The UK Government’s “Consultation on Legislation to Address Illicit P2P File-Sharing“. (PDF File). I have not got much to say about it at the moment – other than how dreadfully written it is. It is so full of contradictory mumbo jumbo that the authors even admit their figures are decidedly shaky in the report.

This small part of the consultation is all hidden away as part of the big Digital Britain rubbish announced today.

The Government has consulted with the legal beaks of the great and good of the music and film industry to say piracy is bad, all pirates are bad therefore the Government must do something. Those that helped framework this report are the very same people who wanted video recorders, tape recorders and PVRs banned.

The Government even admits any legislation probably will not work, may target the wrong people (fine as it will be the ISP’s who take the blame and who will have to pay to set up a call centre) but so be it – they will draft the legislation in such a way that it can be changed by Statutory Instrument, at the whim of the music and film industry.

SO after consulting the great and good, and after having them draft a document that is no more than a protection racket for two Industries crippled by their operating methods, they now want the views of the peeps on HOW to implement it.


Glad to see that they have taken the poor in to account, oh they may be affected but tough. They also admit that the human rights of those people who hold internet accounts whose details will be passed on to people such as Davenport Lyons have not been taken in to account either. Oh well who cares it is all digital.

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