16th July 2012 15:00
Rethink the Digital Economy Act
Loz Kaye made the following comments after meeting with Ofcom to discuss the draft Initial Obligations Code for regulating the online copyright enforcement provisions of the Digital Economy Act:
"According to Ofcom the first letters accusing people of piracy will be going out in 2014. Looking at the details of the scheme, it is clear that it is not just objectionable, it is ridiculous. We will end up with a government mandated junk mail programme, one making accusations that cost £20 to appeal against."
"During this discussion it has become increasingly clear that any claim that the Digital Economy Act is there to benefit artists is false. Its proponents continue to be unable to supply any concrete evidence of harm being done, or predictions of positive effects the scheme might have"
"Make no mistake, this controversial legislation is still being implemented, but the fight is not over. The Pirate Party will continue to stand up for people across the country. We will be making it clear that there are huge problems with the scheme and keep the pressure on MPs to do the right thing. It's time to put this unjust Act out of its misery before any more months are wasted on it and before it can do real damage to the Digital Economy."
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