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Repeal the Digital Economy Act

Comment 2nd July 2010

This legislation was rushed through in a period when public interest was focused on other issues. Allowing nothing more than an IP address as evidence of copyright infringement is ridiculous. More ridiculous still is a recent decision by a Judge in Germany – using similar legislation – that criminalised a man whose only crime was to fail to correctly secure his wireless internet (thus, a stranger drove past, logged onto the net, and committed copyright infringement).

The coalition government wants to portray itself as having its head screwed on straight: in other words, to provide rational, reasoned legislation which works, and achieving this by listening to experts and doing research properly. As it stands the Digital Economy Act is ridiculously unwieldy. There must be a better, more elegant and more effective solution to the copyright infringement problem.

It ought to be repealed, and the government undergo a proper investigation into what would work as replacement legislation.

Why does this matter?

  • Prevent miscarriages of justice.
  • Avoid intimidation of parties by unsavoury law firms.

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