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January 15, 2010 · Posted in  

Writing your own letter has a lot of problems – it takes a lot of time and effort, and when you do send it you probably won’t even get a reply; after all, you’re only one person. So why not sign our letter instead (or as well!)? Our brief letter is shown below – to sign it just leave a comment below. Make sure you leave your real name and whether or not you’re a British citizen – other than that you can write whatever you want – and when we’ve collected enough we’ll get them printed onto some huge paper and send them to Mandelson – let’s see him try to ignore that!

Dear Lord Mandelson,

We the undersigned are writing to you to express our dissatisfaction with your proposed Digital Economy Bill.

We are not pirates. We do not support the theft of copyrighted information. We do not oppose the content industry. We are concerned internet users who are worried by your plans to disconnect subscribers without a trial, worried by your intention to label people guilty based on mere accusations, and worried by the speed with which you give in to the media at the expense of your constituents.

The bill you sponsor is an embarrassment to this country and to the legal principles pioneered here in 1215, and we want to make it clear that we do not and will not support it.


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  41. Sean on August 14th, 2010 8:41 pm

    The Digital Economy Bill may mean the end of pirates in the delusional opinion of the media, but what’s to stop people abusing this power? I’m sure it could be twisted in some way to the corporations’ advantage

  42. P Dale on April 21st, 2010 4:17 pm

    This will not stop piracy. those comitted to piracy will simply invent new ways around whatever system is imposed. The only people this will inconvenience are innocent people targetted by an overly paranoid media company, newly armed with an ‘insta-ban’ stick which they can wield however they see fit. Giving judicial power to the media corporations should have rung alarm bells immediately. Judicial power should remain with those who have always been charged with wielding it; judges.

  43. Samuel Bunting on April 14th, 2010 6:46 pm

    As a British citizen, I find this bill utterly disgusting. “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” is not what the British legal system is based upon. Britian, as a nation, is not based on totalitarian control and constant draconian observation. We, as internet users, have the right to free speech.

    The only reason Lord Mandelson pushed this mockery of a bill through in the 2010 “wash up” period is because he knew he’d never get it through any other time.

    The Digital Economy Bill is a violation of Human Rights and free speech.

  44. R O'Kane on April 9th, 2010 11:09 am

    Ok so we are changing the law now, no proof needed you are just guilty because someone says so. This law is shocking and I would like to know how many backhanders were involved in this.

  45. Jason Derrick on April 6th, 2010 2:50 am

    I always thought the main difference between socialism and communism was the state had less control over the media and the like in a socialist state. Clearly this bill will prove me wrong. This is one thing Labour is trying to do that I’ll never support, it’s a perversion of justice, and it’s infringing upon our own privacy.

  46. Elly Hodges on March 24th, 2010 4:46 pm

    Something does need to be done about copyright infringement, but it shouldn’t involve the sacrifice of masses of innocent people. Allowing law firms to use dragnet methods to reel in offenders is just not fair.

    It reeks of blackmail and extortion.

  47. Ben Thapa on February 17th, 2010 12:45 pm

    A step in the wrong direction.

  48. Roger Adams on February 7th, 2010 9:55 am

    Mandelson is an slimy bastard. He spends holidays on the yacht of a record company mogul and then comes back to London to initiate legislation to strangle and control the internet. If you take hospitality from someone and then take action that supports your host’s interests, that must be a conflict of interest. Ergo, Mandelson is seen as a crook

  49. Adrian Clarke on February 6th, 2010 1:17 pm

    This proposed legislation seems to obviate the ‘innocent until proved guilty’ – an accused has to appeal against an arbitrary decision outside a court of law. I do not advocate stealing/copying/pirating anyone’s property whether material or downloaded content from the Internet.
    The record of mistaken accusations is extensive. The actual identification process of a guilty person is very flawed – WiFi connections can be hijacked (not only WiFi, a computer can be compromised by external agency) – how do you identify who was sitting at the miscreant keyboard when the alleged offense occurred?
    It is a stretch of the imagination to go from “illegal download of protected/copyrighted content occurred from this so-so ISP to your address at such a time and date” to saying “as you own that address you must be guilty of defrauding/stealing/pirating from the legitimate owner of that content”.
    This proposed legislation gives corporate owners of copyrighted content a right of Blackmail, “pay £XXX amount and we will not sue you” – based on assumptions that a downloaded record proves an ISP subscriber had benefited from that download. This is an extreme proposed legislation worded to suit the corporates without giving recourse to true Justice for the People.

  50. Peter Flanigan on February 5th, 2010 2:55 pm

    Give it up Mandelson, you no longer have a mandate to govern, just quietly walk towards the darkness

  51. Hugo on February 5th, 2010 2:19 pm

    What I don’t understand is why the second hand music or DVD industry has no interest for these companies, there are people making money out of copyrighted material in some instances… Talk about blurred legalities.

  52. Gordon Linton on February 5th, 2010 1:56 pm

    Another case of unelected politicians following the money of big business.
    This ‘extortion racket’ has been going on for years to protect a fatally flawed music industry business model which benefits neither the artist nor the customer.
    New Labour lost my vote , way too corrupt.

  53. Joseph Dowland on February 5th, 2010 1:18 pm

    It is immoral to put laws into place specifically designed to be modified in future without having to go through the normal law-making process that has been proven to work fairly.

    Buisinesses need new models to live with this new technology. This bill will only prevent the evolution of the industry, and as a result destroy it.
    “Home taping is killing music” – it didn’t, and the industry evolved to take advantage of the new model that appeared.
    Today is no different.

  54. PH Pedersen on February 5th, 2010 9:22 am

    Change the law.
    Make sure the lawyers can only get money for the actual number of downloads that they can actually prove without doubt has been taking place, times 69p.

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  56. Michael Gatland on January 19th, 2010 9:40 am

    This ‘Guilty until proven innocent’ bill is a disgrace and violates not just human rights but common sense

  57. Lucian Branescu on January 17th, 2010 4:05 am

    The post office has neither the power nor the responsibility to never do business with a certain household again if something potentially copyright infringing happens from or to that address. Why is it different for the internet?

  58. P Ross on January 15th, 2010 7:27 pm

    This bill is a disgrace and should be scrapped. I thought Britain was supposed to be a democracy, why do you only listen to big media?

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