Remember the Digital Economy Act? Yes, I thought you might. It's still there, hanging like a proverbial sword of Damocles over our digital heads. But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum, er, Houses of Parliament: that nice Mr Clegg found himself catapulted to a position of some power. Now, what was it he said a month ago?
We did our best to prevent the Digital Economy Bill being rushed through at the last moment. It badly needed more debate and amendment, and we are extremely worried that it will now lead to completely innocent people having their internet connections cut off.
It was far too heavily weighted in favour of the big corporations and those who are worried about too much information becoming available. It badly needs to be repealed, and the issues revisited.
“Badly needs to be repealed”, you say? Well, yes, indeedy. But maybe in the fun of Cabinet meetings that comment has slipped your mind. Just in case, there's a new site called “Repeal the Digital Economy Act”. It's where people can go to add their names to a petition calling on Parliament for the following:
to repeal sections 11-18 of the Digital Economy Act, dealing with copyright infringement and website blocking powers. We call on Parliament to refuse to pass any Statutory Instrument that would institute interference with families' or organisations' communications as a punishment for actual or alleged civil copyright infringement.
I've signed; might be nice if others could too – just to jog Nick's memory, you understand....