Re previous post – you can follow some of the tweets about the Digital Economy All-Party Group meeting on #DEAPPG. I found it rather frustrating. Very polarised between the two sides. There’s a big gulf between the BPI and the PPL, and the likes of @solobasssteve, and there weren’t any signs of it being bridged tonight.

But kudos to Eric Joyce for setting the APPG up, and there are some issues – for example, the liability or otherwise of public intermediaries, which was raised by someone from the British Library – which can usefully be explored.

Also, for those who aren’t already aware, there’s a consultation on the Digital Economy Act going on at the moment, courtesy of Ofcom – http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/copyright-infringement/

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  • gw  On July 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Jargon ! Please remember not all of us have total recall over obscure menomics.


    • woodsy  On August 2, 2010 at 2:56 pm

      I agree. Where possible I try to include HTML acronym tags. If Kerry would care to contact me, I’m willing to show their use.

  • Jim Killock  On July 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Kerry,

    Thanks for attending – I was very glad to see some MPs prepared to put the time in to listen about the Act.

    For me, there is a gulf between citizen groups, Consumer Focus, Liberty, groups pushing universal internet access, data protection authorities, plus new, innovative online businesses and independent artists on the one side; and the BPI and copyright industries on the other, advocating private surveillance and disconnection after allegations of copyright infringement.

    Yesterday’s debate was very different and welcome compared to previous discussions, because many of the opposing voices were heard. During the passage of the Act, it was rare to hear groups like Coadec and the many ordinary people alongside the big copyright holders. I think as a result, the legislation was easy to skew towards the interests of one group, rather than taking everyone’s views into account.

    The Wifi and public intermediaries question is harder to solve than it looks, because of how the Act was drafted, which sets no exempt categories. Nevertheless, active interest from MPs might help this part of the problem – who knows!

    Longer term, we would like to see a consensus build that interfering with internet connections after allegations of a civil wrong is disproportionate. Hopefully, it’s clear that consensus is building in civil society. If that does gain support in Parliament, there is every chance that the disconnection part of the Act never becomes active.

  • kerrymccarthy  On July 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    And some of us don’t even know what “memomics” are! As ever, isn’t the solution Google?


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