Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Write Now! - Digital Economy Bill

Next Tuesday the Digital Economy Bill could be rushed through Parliament unless we take action now. Party leaders are planning to give in to the music industry and force the bill into law without allowing a proper debate, without allowing opposition to be heard.

38 Degrees wants to raise £10,000 to place adverts in key newspapers and on key websites. If you want to donate click here http://secure.38degrees.org.uk/stop-the-bill

Over 18,000 emails have been sent over the last week (add yours here) and MPs support for the bill is starting to crumble as they realise how many people oppose fast-tracking the bill through parliament. Here's what one MP said in response to the campaign so far:

The subject is complex and the bill is proving to be hugely contentious; because of this it is crucial, more than ever, that Parliament fulfils its democratic duty and gives the bill proper debate and scrutiny. Although it is imperative that jobs in the creative industries are protected, and it is right that artists be paid fairly for work they produce, the bill, as it stands, seems to be heavily weighted in favour of rich and powerful copyright holding companies. Despite the front bench consensus there is significant back bench concern on all sides, and I and my colleagues will do all we can to ensure the bill is not rushed through the House without proper debate and scrutiny.

On the bright side - this sorry business has given me the opportunity to post this amazing bit of agitprop rap from Dan Bull. (Check out his Lily Allen letter too)

Related Posts: Copyright mythbusting

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