The reason of this email is to point out to you the importance of the impact of the Digital Economy Bill.
Today, you will be at the Parliament for the Oral Questions at 3pm, followed by the second reading of the this bill.
I would like you to consider the importance of this legislation in the light of my remarks and articles I am sending you to preserve the right balance between Copyright and free speech and the right to access to internet.
The 'Three Strikes' proposal cannot be operative as it is unpractical:
- Different users accessing from the same computer or same network in the community are exposed to punishement for an act allegedly committed by one individual. This creates a collective liability.
- IP snooping: someone could easily hack the IP address of an internet access user to download infringing materials,
- Computers can be infected by malicious software, spyware or become a member of a bootnet attack.
- it is not realistic to expect every user to be able to adequately secure its network access while this is not offered as a default setting. Therefore, it becomes easy for anyone to hack into private networks for illegal downloads.
This goes against the UK and EU E-commerce Regulations. See Professor Liliane Edwards reaction after a pub was fined £8K for an infringing download from the open Wifi hotspot.
- The notice letters have a good chance of ending up in the spam box and legitimately being ignored by account holders who won't be able to verify the authenticity of the warning. Remember many networks are accessed by several users (children, adults, friends, au-pairs, etc...) and many account holders are not tech-savvy.
- In our lives today, internet access is not a luxury anymore. Children need access for their study and this is the way it should go. Digital technologies are a great booster of knowledge and education. Workers need internet access. Consumers need internet access. Citizens need digital access and personal democracy. Promoting transparency and participation need to be the priority.
Instead, the new digital Economy Bill is opening the door to Deep Packet Inspection (as opposed to Net Neutrality) in the interest of the music industry. This represents a serious threat to our privacy. See: 'When Rights Clash Online: The Tracking of P2P copyright Infringement vs Ec Personal Data Directive.' by Okechukwu Benjamin Vincents, National University of Singapore http://works.bepress.com/okechukwu_vincents/4/
When Rights Clash Online: The Tracking of P2p Copyright Infringement vs. EC Personal Data Directive http://works.bepress.com/okechukwu_vincents/4/
- Often the internet service provider is also a provider of other primordial services such as telephone line or TV. What happens to the household when it is cut from the services? Should they maintain the monthly payments for an interrupted service?
I would also like to point out here the benefit of digital environment for the Music industry: No cost of premises, no shop, no print, no CD box, no staff, no shop cost etc... Instead fast music download with DRM (Digital Right Management protecting the re-production of the music in several support).
You can have a look at this graph : 'Do music artists fare better in a world with illegal file-sharing?'