Saturday, 20 March 2010

Home Taping is doing what?

Here is a summary of bill on it's way through parliament at the moment.

Now, I'm no expert in the matter, but surly disconnecting users that download files from the internet is not a good idea?  I decided to write to my MP and urge you to do the same.

I am concerned that the Government is planning to rush the Digital Economy Bill into law without a full Parliamentary debate. This law, although I disagree with it's content, at least deserves proper scrutiny through full consultation and parliamentary debate. It is driven by corporate greed and penalises the wrong people. It empowers companies to target individuals suspected of breaking the law without proper process, thus denying them the basic human right of a proper trial in a court of law.

If anyone can explain to me how the law will in anyway help target the gangs who we are told finance their criminal activities through copyright infringement, then I am all ears. but to date, this has not been explained and therefore we need a proper debate, not a half hearted, half baked, corporately financed bill that is rushed through to fill some rather fat pockets of executives who are over-valuing the products they sell.

The "music industry", or more accurately, it's executives who are the main beneficiary of the law, has to face up to the fact that their control over the industry is waning and the power to create and  distribute music of comparable quality is now within the ability of the average person. This effectively de-values their product, and they are scared. Scared to loose their quite massive profits, and bonuses.

Anyway, the young lad in his bedroom, who is downloading for free now, is a future customer. I reckon that Most people who down load tracks on file sharing sites also spend the most money. Try a track fist, then buy the album. That was always the way when I was a teen copying music off the radio on an old C-90. Has it changed so much? I don't know, so lets debate it!

Written and submitted from home