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Brit lords slip 30Mbps Universal Service Obligation into UK Digital Economy Bill

An eleventh-hour amendment has been added to the UK government's Digital Economy Bill, proposing an increase of the Universal Service Obligation from 10Mbps to 30Mbps. Labour peer Lord Mendelsohn managed to slip in the increase in the Bill yesterday, which would also set upload speeds of 6Mbps per second. He said: "Everyone …
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2017

UK.gov hiring folk to watch smutty vids? All hail our blind censors...

Digital Economy Bill Government proposals to force websites serving up adult content to verify users' ages has been criticised as an "unworkable proposal" by Open Rights Group, which today launched a spoof recruitment campaign to raise awareness of the Digital Economy Bill. Youtube Video The campaign (hosted at newgovernmentjobs.co.uk/) notes …
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UK ISPs may be handed cock-blocking powers

Internet providers in the UK could be given powers to block user access at their own discretion in an amendment to the controversial Digital Economy Bill. The Bill, currently being scrutinised by the House of Lords*, will introduce age verification checks for online porn. Under the proposed legislation, pornographic websites …
Kat Hall, 25 Jan 2017
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Lords slam 'untrammelled' data sharing powers in Digital Economy Bill

A House of Lords committee has slammed the "inappropriate" and "untrammelled" powers laid out in the Digital Economy Bill to share citizen data across the public sector. The Delegated Powers Committee report recommended that the government removes broad powers to share information with a range of "specified persons", which …
Kat Hall, 20 Jan 2017
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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

MPs have passed the UK government's controversial Digital Economy Bill, which will force internet service providers to impose blocks on porn sites that do not include mandatory age checks or feature kinky sex acts. The proposed law has also been heavily criticised for enabling government departments greater access to citizens …
Kat Hall, 29 Nov 2016

Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

The Liberal Democrats are to oppose plans to impose strict age regulations on porn sites in the UK's forthcoming Digital Economy Bill – describing the measures as something the "Russian or Chinese governments" would impose. The proposed law is due for a report-stage vote and third reading in the Commons on Monday afternoon. …
Kat Hall, 28 Nov 2016

UK.gov wants to fine websites £250,000 if teens watch porn vids

Digital Economy Bill The government has proposed mandatory age verification measures on all British pornographic websites, on pain of a whopping fine in cases of non-compliance. The 151-page Digital Economy Bill (PDF) was laid before Parliament today. It states a requirement for age verification checks, although the practical matter of verifying …
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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

Digital Economy Bill The UK government is to lay its digital bill before Parliament today, which, among other things, is intended to create a legal right for every household to access 10Mbps broadband. Age verification will also be required for people browsing pornographic websites, supposedly for the protection of children from online porn. The …
Kat Hall, 5 Jul 2016
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Digital Economy Bill minister stabbed

Stephen Timms, the Labour MP and former minister who was responsible for guiding the Digital Economy Bill through Parliament, was stabbed today in his East Ham constituency. The 54-year-old is currently in hospital and a 21-year-old woman is in police custody and being assessed by mental health specialists. Timms was attacked …
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Epic Fail: How the photographers won, while digital rights failed

How did the music business end up with a triumph with the new Digital Economy Act? How did photographers, whose resources were one laptop and some old fashioned persuasion, carry an unlikely and famous victory? How did the digital rights campaigners fail so badly? Back in January, a senior music business figure explained to me …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Apr 2010
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BBFC logos to vanish from future games releases

The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (Elspa) has wrested the classification of videogames away from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The switch follows the passing of the Digital Economy Bill into law, a move that will see the Elspa-backed Pan-European Game Information (Pegi) system …
Tony Smith, 8 Apr 2010
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Mandybill: It ain't over yet

Updated It’s a bit premature to declare winners and losers from the Digital Economy Bill just yet. The Open Rights Group may have given up campaigning – having already turned its front page into a giant click-through recruitment poster* - but the fight's not over. The legislation may yet fall. For all the hot air blown over the floor …
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Mandybill: All the Commons drama

Live TV and internet coverage allowed the nation to feel grubby as the Mandybill was shunted through the House of Commons late last night. The government’s replacement for Clause 18 – a catch-all illiberal web-blocking measure that few in the music business ever expected to survive – was approved, and the photographers cemented …
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How Labour’s Web2.0rhea cockup helped the photographers

Maybe photographers have a guardian angel, after all. The Stop 43 campaign to throw out the orphan works clause may be the only part of the vast Digital Economy Bill where activists have achieved their goal – rather than made things worse. With the Tories pledging to drop the clause, it’s unlikely to survive the wash-up – …
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Mandybill set to survive

The Mandybill looks set to become law, with its teeth and gold fillings intact. Conservatives have vowed to oppose three controversial clauses of the Digital Economy Bill in the next 48 hours of legislative horse trading, but will keep the online file sharing portions intact. Photographers have been more persuasive than the …
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Mandybill enters pre-election wash-up

Both sides of the Digital Economy Bill debate made what could be their final pitch to MPs in newspaper adverts today, as the legislation enters the Parliamentary "wash-up" ahead of the election. The Bill is due to receive its second reading in the Commons at 3.30pm. During the wash-up, set to take place over the next few days …
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Open Rights Group raises Flash Mob… of 7

Music House — HQ for a number of the UK music industry’s trade groups — was in a lock-down situation this lunchtime as an Open Rights Group Flash Mob descended, protesting against the Digital Economy Bill. As many as seven protesters could be seen outside the Berners Street offices, according to staff who phoned us from …
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BBC, big business leer creepily at orphan works

Mandybill Big publishers and the BBC have come out to lobby for the controversial Clause 43, that part of the Mandybill that strips photographers of their historical rights. Is that surprising? It should be, because Clause 43 is the section that deals with 'orphan works' - and according to the Business department BIS, the only people …

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