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Mandybill petition puts hacks in a spin

A rash of reports fantasise today that the government has "dumped" or "abandoned" plans to boot the most persistent illegal filesharers off the internet. The source of the reports is a sentence in a lengthy response to a petition on the Downing Street website, which reads: "We will not terminate the accounts of infringers - it …
Team Register, 23 Feb 2010
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BT and TalkTalk threaten court to kill Mandybill

BT and TalkTalk may go to court to try and overturn the Digital Economy Act - passed just before Parliament was dissolved for the election. Two of the largest ISPs in the UK want the High Court to confirm that the Act is legal and that disconnecting persistent file sharers does not infringe basic rights. Apart from the legality …
John Oates, 08 Jul 2010
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Mandybill: innocence restored, fines for copyright cockups

Overnight amendments tabled by Lord Mandelson give significant concessions to critics of the Digital Economy Bill. A revised section on the appeals process for ISP subscribers accused of infringement restores the presumption of innocence, introduces fines for copyright holders who make accusations that are later shown to be …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Feb 2010
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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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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 …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Apr 2010
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Mandybill: It ain't over yet

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 of …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Apr 2010
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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 anti …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Apr 2010
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Mandybill is mostly harmless, says MP watchdog

A committee of MPs has surprisingly said that copyright infringement penalties for internet users proposed in the Digital Economy are justifiable. However, it wants the Government to explain them better, and publish more detail - particularly on the threshold for suspending the accounts of serial infringers. To the likely …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Feb 2010
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Mandybill reaches milestone, teeth intact

The Digital Economy Bill has reached the Report Stage in the Lords. It's survived intact, the Lords rejecting a clutch of last minute Google-friendly amendments. It may yet sprout more amendments before arriving in the Commons after a Third Reading. Proposals by Lord Lucas would have permitted any "search engine" to link to …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Feb 2010
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TalkTalk, ORG see cash from Mandybill chaos

Never let the facts, or taste, get in the way of a marketing campaign, we say. TalkTalk boldly promised today to fight disconnection requests in court, at least until after the election. Carphone Warehouse strategy director Andrew Heaney made the pledge on his blog. The fact that ISPs don't get any disconnection requests, and …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Apr 2010
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MPs, Lords ask if Mandybill is human rights friendly

The Government must provide more detail on exactly how alleged copyright infringers will be cut off from the internet before a file-sharing disconnection law is passed, according to a parliamentary committee. The Joint Committee on Human Rights has said that the Government must make the Digital Economy Bill more detailed to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Feb 2010
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Freetard monitoring: costs to be shared

A draft order vital to the implementation of anti-piracy measures has been laid before Parliament. The statutory instrument, officially titled the "The Online Infringement of Copyright (Initial Obligations) (Sharing of Costs) Order 2011" ensures that broadband users won't have to pay anything to appeal copyright cases. As …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jan 2011
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BBC, big business leer creepily at orphan works

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 who …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Apr 2010
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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 beneath …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Apr 2010
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Coalition pledges free appeals for filesharers

People accused of unlawful filesharing by the music and film industries will have access to a free appeals system, the coalition government said today. Tory broadband minister Ed Vaizey said there will be no cost for the public to appeal against Digital Economy Act (DEA) copyright infringement notices, at least initially. …
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Photographers rue Mandy's copyright landgrab

A little-reported corner of the sprawling Digital Economy Bill reduces photographers to serf status - and concerns are rippling into the wider community. Photographers say bad wording and technical ignorance are to blame for Clause 42, calling it a "luncheon voucher" for greedy publishers. "The Bill contains no deterrent to the …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Mar 2010
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BBC might pay for Tory broadband promises

Mandybill minister Stephen Timms has attacked Tory promises of "superfast broadband" as "hopeless" and lacking in funding. His comment, which was characteristically posted on Twitter, followed the Conservative party's launch of its technology manifesto earlier today. "Conservative broadband policy hopeless. Minor regulatory …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2010
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BBC Trust: Unsupportable opinions are OK

The BBC Trust has partially upheld a complaint against The Culture Show on the Digital Economy Act - but strangely ignored the most serious allegations of inaccuracy and bias. The complaint was made by UK Music chief executive and former Undertone Feargal Sharkey about a 10-minute film broadcast on 4 February, and featured both …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Oct 2010
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Ofcom creates piracy havens at small ISPs

Ofcom has decided that only fixed line ISPs with more than 400,000 subscribers will be forced to comply with the Digital Economy Act's controversial anti-filesharing provisions. The communications regulator has informed the Internet Service Providers' Association of the benchmark, and said it intends to publish rules within the …
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LibDems drop net blocking, blame activists

LibDem peers agreed to drop their controversial net-blocking clause from the Digital Economy Bill after the government advised that the proposal would be legally unenforceable. It means the Bill now heads for the Commons with one of the key copyright infringement countermeasures up in the air, although it's likely to be a return …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2010
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BBC investigates Richard Madeley's PC panic attack

The BBC tells us it is to investigate how Richard Madeley told the nation that the Government was going to whisk away his computer last week. The segment on Monday's Simon Mayo drive time heard Madeley, who is filling in for Mayo, say: "What a pain! I only got computer literate three years ago, just as I get wised up to it, …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Apr 2010
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LibDems back copyright takedowns

Two LibDem peers have tabled an amendment allowing the Courts to grant injunctions against ISPs - blocking off sections of the internet found to host infringing material. It's similar to the DMCA-style proposal punted by the BPI in the new year, which we exclusively revealed. Injunctions are already a legal tool against …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Mar 2010
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BT boss urges fines for filesharing customers

Ian Livingston, the boss of Britain's biggest ISP BT, is lobbying for the government's proposed technical sanctions against filesharers to be replaced with fines. He said suspending internet access for the most persistent copyright infringement, as envisaged by the Digital Economy Bill, could deny those accused a fair hearing. …
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A user's timetable to the Digital Economy Act

Now that the Digital Economy Act has been passed by both Houses, what can internet users expect, and when? Quick answer: nothing much soon. The outgoing government says it introduced the measures because in the 20 months since the MoU between ISPs and copyright businesses, little progress has been made. So the P2P part of the …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Apr 2010
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The Myth of Three Strikes

It's taken a national newspaper 18 months to report what two major British industries and several million Reg readers already knew: there won't be any permanent disconnections for file sharers. The decision was taken two years ago, we first reported, as a consensus was thrashed out. Two factors influenced the thinking. The …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2010
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Freetards storm Westminster

The Open Rights Group held its demonstration against the Mandybill after work yesterday, and here's a photo diary. It was held at Old Palace Yard opposite Parliament. We arrived a few minutes after the scheduled start time of 5:30pm. The ORG had cleared their first hurdle: finding 25 stewards requested by the Police. The …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Mar 2010
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LibDems score copyright coup

The LibDems' surprise amendment to strengthen UK courts' powers over digital copyright infringement passed late last night, despite Labour and Tory opposition, replacing the government's original, preferred proposal in the Digital Economy Bill. Out goes the ability of the Minister to extend copyright legislation by statutory …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Mar 2010
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Web blocking powers return

The government has been circulating revised web-blocking powers for the Digital Economy Bill with industry and activist groups, and The Register has seen a draft. This version is believed to have won the backing of the Tories, and could end up in a Second Reading. The revised Clause 18 we've seen is a hybrid of the earlier …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Mar 2010
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The Pirate Party is the shape of things to come

A clear winner is emerging from the Digital Economy Bill - and it's the UK Pirate Party. The penny only really dropped for me yesterday, after the Open Rights Group's big demonstration at Westminster. "What was all that about, Andrew?" someone asked me in the pub afterwards. He'd been at the Commons for a meeting, and walked …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Mar 2010
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Lords mull Hail Mary penance for file sharers

The Lords this week discussed new compensation for copyright holders this week - including a voluntary 'Hail Mary fine' payable by file sharers, instead of suspension - but nobody noticed. It was late on Wednesday night, and the Lords were six hours into their fourth session this month discussing the Digital Economy bill. Lord …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jan 2010
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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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'Martin Mills you are a LEGEND!'

My mailbag is one one of the best things about this job. Yes, there are flame-o-grams, but these are quite rare, and the people most likely to send them are too busy reprogramming their computers to show pictures of bunnies when my name comes up to flame me. Another reason I don't seem to get very much hostile email is that …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 May 2010
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Indie music mogul: The net's great for us

Beggars Group office in a suburban street in Wandsworth doesn't look much like a media corporation. There's no chocolate ice sculpture in reception, and no giant video screens or inspirational slogans. It does look a lot like you'd expect a real independent record company to look, though: behind the receptionist's desk is the …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 May 2010