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August 25, 2009 | Jim Killock

New fast-track P2P clampdown proposals announced today

According to the Guardian and reports this morning, Government officials today have announced that they intend to put in place a strong clamp down on illicit file sharing to ‘support’ record and film industries they wrongly believe are threatened.

This is the wrong moment to go in this direction. Online music revenues are going up, illicit filesharing is going down.

Instead of letting the market solve the problems, the government seems intent on heavy-handed intervention, that could include disconnection and other account restrictions. This would be in direct contravention of their own goal of universal broadband access, as well as a curtailment of people’s freedom of expression.

Yet again, we see knee-jerk reactions and policy swerves, this time in direct contravention of the government’s own consultation guidelines. Those guidelines are there for a reason: to make sure government policy is balanced and considered. We will be making a formal complaint.

The result of these proposals is likely to be protest, challenges and public arguments in the run-up to the General election. Popular movements in France, Sweden and elsewhere have kick-started over similar measures.

That will do nobody any good, neither politicians nor rights-holding industries, as copyright’s reputation suffers further damage.

Copyright is under threat: from heavy handed business lobbying and simplistic enforcement proposals.

We urge you to write to your MP today.

Update: after a day of media work and conversation on the subject, there is a clear consensus - including ISPA, Carphone Warehouse and independent commentators - that Government has overstepped the mark.

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Comments (22)

  1. New fast-track P2P clampdown proposals announced today - Why We Protest | Activism Forum:
    Aug 26, 2009 at 01:19 AM

    [...] government policy is balanced and considered. We will be making a formal complaint. Full story here. "Those FZ fuckers lurk "new member" and "my story' sub-forums like [...]

  2. Jim Killock:
    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Hi Sean

    I'm sorry it came across that way, which wasn't what I intended: it was an off the cuff remark. The point I was trying to make was that the government had united everyone in opposition against them, except for the hard-line lobbyists representing rights holding industries.

    We are of course in favour of musicians making money from their rights.

  3. Richard:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 06:33 PM

    Everyone should respond to the government consultation on this before it closes - if you need some help, I've set up a wiki at http://is.gd/2xKec for people to take ideas from and contribute more objections.

  4. Don’t let the Government zap your internet connection - Harry Metcalfe:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 05:55 PM

    [...] The government have just announced that they do intend to introduce technical measures to reduce ill..., and have tacked some extra questions onto an existing consultation file-sharing consultation. You need to write to your MP. Yes! You! [...]

  5. 3-Strikes in Grossbritanien angekündigt : netzpolitik.org:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 05:57 PM

    [...] Open Rights Group antwortete mit einer Pressemitteilung und kündigte Proteste an: New fast-track P2P clampdown proposals announced today. The result of these proposals is likely to be protest, challenges and public arguments in the [...]

  6. Paul Pritchard (expatpaul) 's status on Tuesday, 25-Aug-09 15:12:27 UTC - Identi.ca:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 04:13 PM

    [...] http://www.openrightsgroup.org/2009/08/new-fast-track-clampdown-proposals-expected-today/ [...]

  7. Friss Fnordok « /dev/blog:
    Sep 02, 2009 at 02:59 PM

    [...] a 3strikes modellt a briteknél. Gyorsan meg is alakult a kalózpárt, remélem jól kiegészíti az Open Rights Group eddigi áldásos tevékenységét. A úgy tűnik a brit kormányban van még egy cseppnyi értelem, [...]

  8. Sean Clifford:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 10:33 PM

    Jim,

    I saw your interview with Feargal Sharkey today on BBC news. I have to say I was surprised, I don't care what you might think about his music but the way you attacked him at the end of the interview for being a Rights Holder was wrong, surely we would support the idea that musicians, or even ex-musicians like Sharkey, should own the copyright of their own work.

    The whole idea was really disappointing, it's not why I support the ORG.

  9. Dan Lynch (dantheman) 's status on Tuesday, 25-Aug-09 14:54:34 UTC - Identi.ca:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 03:56 PM

    [...] http://www.openrightsgroup.org/2009/08/new-fast-track-clampdown-proposals-expected-today/ [...]

  10. Jon Spriggs (jontheniceguy) 's status on Tuesday, 25-Aug-09 14:57:46 UTC - Identi.ca:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 03:59 PM

    [...] http://www.openrightsgroup.org/2009/08/new-fast-track-clampdown-proposals-expected-today/ [...]

  11. Forbrukerrådet (nordicons) 's status on Tuesday, 25-Aug-09 21:04:18 UTC - Identi.ca:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    [...] http://www.openrightsgroup.org/2009/08/new-fast-track-clampdown-proposals-expected-today/ [...]

  12. Steven Anderson (whilefalse) 's status on Tuesday, 25-Aug-09 14:14:23 UTC - Identi.ca:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 03:15 PM

    [...] http://www.openrightsgroup.org/2009/08/new-fast-track-clampdown-proposals-expected-today/ [...]

  13. Terence Eden:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 03:47 PM

    I rang the number listed and had a very enlightening conversation with them - full details at http://bit.ly/P2P-legislation
    Please - write to your MP but, just as important, drop an email in response to the consultation!

  14. Rob Myers (robmyers) 's status on Tuesday, 25-Aug-09 13:33:50 UTC - Identi.ca:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 02:35 PM

    [...] http://www.openrightsgroup.org/2009/08/new-fast-track-clampdown-proposals-expected-today/ [...]

  15. J D:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 01:14 PM

    I hate getting Political but it's time you justified your actions HMG!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1206901/Mandelson-launches-crackdown-file-sharing--just-days-meeting-record-producer.html

  16. links for 2009-08-26 | Construct ICT...:
    Aug 27, 2009 at 05:04 AM

    [...] The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive » New fast-track P2P clampdown proposals announced today (tags: ITGS P2P threestrikes intellectualproperty clampdown) [...]

  17. Savage Popcorn » Filesharing proposals: Using a very large sledgehammer to crack an imaginary nut:
    Aug 26, 2009 at 05:11 PM

    [...] only are the proposed measures both draconian and unsafe but, as the Open Rights Group Points Out, they are also being proposed at exactly the wrong time. Online music revenues are going up, [...]

  18. Michael Holloway:
    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:27 PM

    Thoughtful article on the u-turn - http://is.gd/2ApyF - that infers the question of why the mightier computing and networking industries won't flex their lobbying muscles in response to Hollywood's bluster.

  19. links for 2009-08-26 | ITGS Online:
    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    [...] The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive » New fast-track P2P clampdown proposals announced today (tags: ITGS P2P threestrikes intellectualproperty clampdown) [...]

  20. Dave:
    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    This stinks. Mandelson must think we're all idiots after coming back from being wined and dined by a music industry honcho and launching these mis-guided proposals. Just WHAT was discussed? Nothing, "they" say. A likely story. The timing, of course is everything.

  21. Reino Unido estudia reducir la velocidad de conexión a Internet de los usuarios P2P:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    [...] que baraja el ministerio de Empresa e Innovación han encontrado el rechazo de organizaciones como Open Rights Group, un organismo que pretende proteger las libertades civiles y los derechos digitales "amenazados por [...]



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