Repeal Digital Economy Act

The Digital Economy Act was brought into force as one of the last acts of the outgoing Labour government, with the support of the Tories and against the wishes of the LibDems. This undemocratically enacted act must be repealed and the parliament must be given a proper debate about its future.

Why is this idea important?

The Digital Economy Act was brought into force as one of the last acts of the outgoing Labour government, with the support of the Tories and against the wishes of the LibDems. This undemocratically enacted act must be repealed and the parliament must be given a proper debate about its future.

Repeal the digital economy act

Repeal the act as it operates badly.  It's known to be bad law.

 

Several people have suggested this.  it's unfair.  There are 19 entries if you search here for digital economy act and all are against it, but it is not possible to vote on any.  The system on those is broken.  Interesting! Just on an act about IT!   So I am suggesting it again as it is also not possible to comment now on any of the others.

 

And yes I do know how to vote and have done so on other items.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the act as it operates badly.  It's known to be bad law.

 

Several people have suggested this.  it's unfair.  There are 19 entries if you search here for digital economy act and all are against it, but it is not possible to vote on any.  The system on those is broken.  Interesting! Just on an act about IT!   So I am suggesting it again as it is also not possible to comment now on any of the others.

 

And yes I do know how to vote and have done so on other items.

DAB Radio

The turning off of theFM broadcasting is quite wrong.  There are millions of radios that would be effected and it is quite wrong that this is being imposed on the public.  By all means run both in tandum but do not turn off the signal – I can't imagine any contry in Europe planning to go down this road!!!

Why is this idea important?

The turning off of theFM broadcasting is quite wrong.  There are millions of radios that would be effected and it is quite wrong that this is being imposed on the public.  By all means run both in tandum but do not turn off the signal – I can't imagine any contry in Europe planning to go down this road!!!

Abolish VAT on e-books

Printed books are zero rated for VAT which is fine.  e-books which use far less energy to produce and distribute are VAT rated.  This is anomalous.  e-books are still the printed word – even if virtual – and are likely to become the preferred method of reading books.  To encourage their use e-books should be zero rated.

Why is this idea important?

Printed books are zero rated for VAT which is fine.  e-books which use far less energy to produce and distribute are VAT rated.  This is anomalous.  e-books are still the printed word – even if virtual – and are likely to become the preferred method of reading books.  To encourage their use e-books should be zero rated.

Change the way in which public sector IT projects are handled

 

Having a preferred supplier list for IT projects has led to the following issues:

  • The best company or team may never get an opportunity to bid for work. This not only restricts free trade but also stops the public sector from getting the best price and service
  • Currently there are individuals and companies acting as brokers – they take a cut, just because they are already on the Preference Supplier List (PSL) – they do not do the work
  • IT project experts are not consulted for the likely success of what may appear to be the most cost effective solution

The government should set up a body which uses IT professionals to review IT projects and contracts. This body could be made up of volunteers (I am sure many in my field would offer their time) who review the projects at inception and throughout the process until completion. This body would ensure that projects were broken down into manageable chunks which deliver real value in increments

Complex software and systems are implemented all of the time in the city and it is very rare that we go to the board without a staggered plan – the public sector needs to learn from the people who have successfully developed the major systems which power our economy

An IT community project should be set-up to investigate how IT could be used to improve the efficiency of our police force and councils

Why is this idea important?

 

Having a preferred supplier list for IT projects has led to the following issues:

  • The best company or team may never get an opportunity to bid for work. This not only restricts free trade but also stops the public sector from getting the best price and service
  • Currently there are individuals and companies acting as brokers – they take a cut, just because they are already on the Preference Supplier List (PSL) – they do not do the work
  • IT project experts are not consulted for the likely success of what may appear to be the most cost effective solution

The government should set up a body which uses IT professionals to review IT projects and contracts. This body could be made up of volunteers (I am sure many in my field would offer their time) who review the projects at inception and throughout the process until completion. This body would ensure that projects were broken down into manageable chunks which deliver real value in increments

Complex software and systems are implemented all of the time in the city and it is very rare that we go to the board without a staggered plan – the public sector needs to learn from the people who have successfully developed the major systems which power our economy

An IT community project should be set-up to investigate how IT could be used to improve the efficiency of our police force and councils

Removal of RoHS and WEEE legislation

Both RoHS and WEEE legislation should be removed: they are a huge impediment to small businesses introducing any sort of electronic product. They are the product of a combination of mis-guided 'green' thnking and large business who are keen to supress innovation by smaller, more nimble operations.

The green product is the quality one that lasts for a long time!

Why is this idea important?

Both RoHS and WEEE legislation should be removed: they are a huge impediment to small businesses introducing any sort of electronic product. They are the product of a combination of mis-guided 'green' thnking and large business who are keen to supress innovation by smaller, more nimble operations.

The green product is the quality one that lasts for a long time!

Define Data Protection

While I agree that I do not want my private data to get into the wrong hands the majority of institutions and organisations that I have had to converse with by phone seem to use this as an excuse for being totally unhelpful. It is terrible when you cannot help your teenage, young adult children to sort out a problem because someone will not speak to you. Also, I have been married for nearly 30 years and cannot get Utility companies to put Mr & Mrs on the bill and then if I have to ring they will not speak to Mrs because it is Mr on the account! Rediculous!

Why is this idea important?

While I agree that I do not want my private data to get into the wrong hands the majority of institutions and organisations that I have had to converse with by phone seem to use this as an excuse for being totally unhelpful. It is terrible when you cannot help your teenage, young adult children to sort out a problem because someone will not speak to you. Also, I have been married for nearly 30 years and cannot get Utility companies to put Mr & Mrs on the bill and then if I have to ring they will not speak to Mrs because it is Mr on the account! Rediculous!

Place a lower limit on WEEE regulations

Currently, even if you build a single custom PC for a customer, you are classed as a "producer" and have to sign up to a "weee producer compliance scheme". Given that the cost of this is around £600/year, this is outrageous!

Why is this idea important?

Currently, even if you build a single custom PC for a customer, you are classed as a "producer" and have to sign up to a "weee producer compliance scheme". Given that the cost of this is around £600/year, this is outrageous!

Digital radio

I have spent thousands of pounds on FM radio equipment which will be made useless by the Bill sneaked in at the end of the last Parliament.

Repeal the legislation at the first opportunity.

Why is this idea important?

I have spent thousands of pounds on FM radio equipment which will be made useless by the Bill sneaked in at the end of the last Parliament.

Repeal the legislation at the first opportunity.

ALLOW SOFTWARE LICENSES TO BE TRANSFERRABLE

If I buy a book, I buy paper, cardboard and ink plus a licence to read it an unlimited number of times. When I don't want it any more I can sell it on an auction website and transfer the licence.

When I buy software I cannot transfer it in the same way and many times I cannot even transfer it to other computers that I own.

The UK law should be changed to allow software licences to be transferrable – just like books! 

Why is this idea important?

If I buy a book, I buy paper, cardboard and ink plus a licence to read it an unlimited number of times. When I don't want it any more I can sell it on an auction website and transfer the licence.

When I buy software I cannot transfer it in the same way and many times I cannot even transfer it to other computers that I own.

The UK law should be changed to allow software licences to be transferrable – just like books! 

Remove CE marking for computer shops

Most people don't know this, but companies that build custom spec computer systems are braking the law unless they spend around £500 – £1000 for CE compliance for each "variant" of the system. In I.T., there are thousands of "variants" (e.g. size of RAM, made of hard drive, style of case)

I am asking the government to remove the CE testing, marking and documentation keeping for the companies that assemble or upgrade computers.

Why is this idea important?

Most people don't know this, but companies that build custom spec computer systems are braking the law unless they spend around £500 – £1000 for CE compliance for each "variant" of the system. In I.T., there are thousands of "variants" (e.g. size of RAM, made of hard drive, style of case)

I am asking the government to remove the CE testing, marking and documentation keeping for the companies that assemble or upgrade computers.

Allow tinkering with electronics you own

Once we buy a piece of hardware (e.g. mobile phone), we should be allowed to tinker with it, add, remove and replace software on it, and even break it if we want to.

Current UK DRM laws prohibit us from removing software from a device, and replacing it with our own. Sometimes, even open-source software (against the will of the author) is surrounded by a "DRM wrapper" that prevents you from removing it!

I am asking government to restore the freedom to allow people to "remove" or "replace" software on hardware, and to forbid manufacturers from restricting people from doing such acts.

Why is this idea important?

Once we buy a piece of hardware (e.g. mobile phone), we should be allowed to tinker with it, add, remove and replace software on it, and even break it if we want to.

Current UK DRM laws prohibit us from removing software from a device, and replacing it with our own. Sometimes, even open-source software (against the will of the author) is surrounded by a "DRM wrapper" that prevents you from removing it!

I am asking government to restore the freedom to allow people to "remove" or "replace" software on hardware, and to forbid manufacturers from restricting people from doing such acts.

Allow rental of hardware which uses software

Not many people know this but rental out any products that contain software to customers (e.g. cars, computers), is illegial:

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988[38] (as amended by The Copyright (Computer Programs) Regulations 1992 S18 – "except that in relation to [..] computer programs the restricted act of issuing copies to the public includes any rental of copies to the public"

The aforementioned words from Section 18 of the Act should be removed, and replaced with something that excludes programs built into hardware.

Why is this idea important?

Not many people know this but rental out any products that contain software to customers (e.g. cars, computers), is illegial:

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988[38] (as amended by The Copyright (Computer Programs) Regulations 1992 S18 – "except that in relation to [..] computer programs the restricted act of issuing copies to the public includes any rental of copies to the public"

The aforementioned words from Section 18 of the Act should be removed, and replaced with something that excludes programs built into hardware.

repeal digital radio switchover requirement

This doesn't quite fit any of your categories, so I'll put it here for somewhere to put it.

The switchover to digital radio is a waste of time, money, effort and carbon emissions.

Digital radio uses significantly more electricity than FM, so the switchover will increase carbon emissions permanently just when we're trying to reduce them.

The quality of broadcast is inferior, particularly affecting all music stations.

Most households have multiple radios (I have 8, excluding the car) and the cost of replacing them all will be prohibitive. Additionally, the manufacture and purchase of all these extra radios will waste resources and increase one-off carbon emissions.

Old radios, we are told, will receive the new stations and so not be 'redundant' – but I want to listen to the stations I choose, not some mythical new ones. I want BBC Radios 3 and 4 to continue on FM!

Changing radios in cars will be difficult and very expensive.

Does anyone really want all the extra radio stations we're supposed to get?

Who is supposed to benefit from this switchover?

This is a wasteful, unnecessary, expensive nonsense – please drop it forthwith.

Why is this idea important?

This doesn't quite fit any of your categories, so I'll put it here for somewhere to put it.

The switchover to digital radio is a waste of time, money, effort and carbon emissions.

Digital radio uses significantly more electricity than FM, so the switchover will increase carbon emissions permanently just when we're trying to reduce them.

The quality of broadcast is inferior, particularly affecting all music stations.

Most households have multiple radios (I have 8, excluding the car) and the cost of replacing them all will be prohibitive. Additionally, the manufacture and purchase of all these extra radios will waste resources and increase one-off carbon emissions.

Old radios, we are told, will receive the new stations and so not be 'redundant' – but I want to listen to the stations I choose, not some mythical new ones. I want BBC Radios 3 and 4 to continue on FM!

Changing radios in cars will be difficult and very expensive.

Does anyone really want all the extra radio stations we're supposed to get?

Who is supposed to benefit from this switchover?

This is a wasteful, unnecessary, expensive nonsense – please drop it forthwith.

TV licence fee should be reclassified as a civil offence – not a criminal offence

Please support amendments intended to ensure that the TV licence  fee is recoverable as a civil matter only, following non-payment and failure to respond to a notice issued by OFCOM – not a criminal offence.  This is an unfair and outdated penalty.

The television licence fee is a "despised compulsory impost" and should be scrapped.  The annual charge and the BBC should be funded by other means.

Why is this idea important?

Please support amendments intended to ensure that the TV licence  fee is recoverable as a civil matter only, following non-payment and failure to respond to a notice issued by OFCOM – not a criminal offence.  This is an unfair and outdated penalty.

The television licence fee is a "despised compulsory impost" and should be scrapped.  The annual charge and the BBC should be funded by other means.

Encryption laws

Annex I Section 5 Part 2 ("Information Security") of the UK Strategic Export Control Lists (Dual-Use Items) should be removed, as in today's connected digital world, encryption should not be classed as "Dual-Use".

Why is this idea important?

Annex I Section 5 Part 2 ("Information Security") of the UK Strategic Export Control Lists (Dual-Use Items) should be removed, as in today's connected digital world, encryption should not be classed as "Dual-Use".

Stop broadband providers calling a service “Unlimited” unless it really is.

Many broadband internet and other service providers claim to offer an "Unlimited" service that is in reality nothing of the sort. There is either a small print 'fair usage' policy which may not even tell you what their idea of fair usage is, or your connection may be cut off or restricted. You may even be unexpectedly be charged without notice (especially for mobile broadband)

I would ban broadband providers who cut off or charge their customers for using the word "Unlimited" and require them to give explicit quantities of data in their marketing materials, and to warn customers before any excess use charges apply.

Why is this idea important?

Many broadband internet and other service providers claim to offer an "Unlimited" service that is in reality nothing of the sort. There is either a small print 'fair usage' policy which may not even tell you what their idea of fair usage is, or your connection may be cut off or restricted. You may even be unexpectedly be charged without notice (especially for mobile broadband)

I would ban broadband providers who cut off or charge their customers for using the word "Unlimited" and require them to give explicit quantities of data in their marketing materials, and to warn customers before any excess use charges apply.

Make access to the Internet a fundamental human right

Access to the Internet should be recognized as a fundamental human right, available to everyone. The law should also lay down a minimum standard of service.

The British government has agreed to provide everyone with a minimum 2Mbps broadband connection by 2012 but it is a commitment rather than a legally binding ruling.

Why is this idea important?

Access to the Internet should be recognized as a fundamental human right, available to everyone. The law should also lay down a minimum standard of service.

The British government has agreed to provide everyone with a minimum 2Mbps broadband connection by 2012 but it is a commitment rather than a legally binding ruling.

Rescind the discontinuance of FM/AM radio

By discontinuing AM and FM radio transmission, the Government is committing the UK to several billion in unnecessary expenditure. 

My four radios will cost over £500 to replace with digital radios and equivalent facilities.  If that is repeated across 15 million households the cost to the country would be at least £7 billion.  A digital car radio will cost at least £300.  There are 20 million vehicles in the UK so the cost to replace all those radios could be in excess of £6 billion.

The total cost to the economy will be at least £10 billion and probably nearer £15 billion.  And the reason cited is that it will free up more channels.  If this is likely and is needed by the emergency services, then it makes more sense to
  a] reduce the number of broadcasters,
  b] rationalise the frequencies and
  c] dedicate more sections of the bandwidth to emergency services
rather than committing the UK to wasting billions on not-very-good "new" facilities.

There is no need for several hundred [or thousand?] broadcasters of pop music.  This is just an ego-trip for most DJs and wastefully crowds the airwaves with the same or very similar material.

Furthermore, most digital users seem to think their new radios give no better service than FM and the coverage in remote areas of the country is reputedly rubbish!  Just because digital is the in-thing and is new doesn't make it a priori better.

Please reverse the decision.

Ray7033

Why is this idea important?

By discontinuing AM and FM radio transmission, the Government is committing the UK to several billion in unnecessary expenditure. 

My four radios will cost over £500 to replace with digital radios and equivalent facilities.  If that is repeated across 15 million households the cost to the country would be at least £7 billion.  A digital car radio will cost at least £300.  There are 20 million vehicles in the UK so the cost to replace all those radios could be in excess of £6 billion.

The total cost to the economy will be at least £10 billion and probably nearer £15 billion.  And the reason cited is that it will free up more channels.  If this is likely and is needed by the emergency services, then it makes more sense to
  a] reduce the number of broadcasters,
  b] rationalise the frequencies and
  c] dedicate more sections of the bandwidth to emergency services
rather than committing the UK to wasting billions on not-very-good "new" facilities.

There is no need for several hundred [or thousand?] broadcasters of pop music.  This is just an ego-trip for most DJs and wastefully crowds the airwaves with the same or very similar material.

Furthermore, most digital users seem to think their new radios give no better service than FM and the coverage in remote areas of the country is reputedly rubbish!  Just because digital is the in-thing and is new doesn't make it a priori better.

Please reverse the decision.

Ray7033