October 28, 2009 | Jim Killock

Mandelson gives go ahead to ‘three strikes’

Listening to Lord Mandelson today at C&binet was very unpleasant.

Mandelson announced one substantial policy: a ‘clampdown’ on detectable file sharing.

Even MI5 disagree with him – they are convinced we will see a rise of a ‘Dark Net’ of infringers.

Nobody at C&binet from an online music service, as opposed to an old media company, thought that P2P was a threat to their businesses.

Yet Mandelson seems determined to push forward with his plans for ‘three strikes’ – threatening to punish people extremely harshly, threatening their education, businesses and livelihoods for a relatively minor financial misdemeanour.

Meanwhile, Mandelson said very little on licensing reform, the real block to the rise of legitimate online music services.

Please act today, to stop this. Write to your MP, and ask them to oppose these drastic and unfair plans.

Comments (17)

  1. amano masamune:
    Dec 08, 2009 at 09:22 AM

    Hi there, just let you know that law is a copy and paste of a French law (HADOPI), the french citizens fought for 2 or 3 years but the law has been approved in may 2009(in a dodgy way).

    There has been a push from the music industry and the lovely French president did everything he can to pass the law, which is by the way against the European law (but who care they are french...).

    I do fear the same will happen in Britain and yeah I understand MI5 cause the one who download illegal stuffs already have produce some softwares which counter the file detection.

    In France like in UK, the interest of the people pas after the rich and powerful industries.

  2. Anonymous:
    Oct 28, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Fucking disgraceful.

  3. Andy Mustoe:
    Oct 28, 2009 at 01:05 PM

    Perhaps there should also be a rule introducedthat political pirates whoa have had to resign from office twice should not be ablet to hold unelected office for a third time!

  4. Paul Sweet:
    Oct 28, 2009 at 01:20 PM

    Peer 2 peer may be detectable but everyone knows there are better and legal ways of downloading files that are undetectable.
    File sharing has moved on from peer 2 peer, the ‘Dark Net’ isn't dark for those with torches ?

  5. Anonymous:
    Oct 28, 2009 at 01:24 PM

    And we have yet another example of government jumping into bed with big business, despite the wishes of the electorate. Whatever happened to the idea that one's Government was there to represent it's people.

    It also irks me, that despite the fact that it's music industry is who benefits from this, the cost of imposing it, falls on others.
    If the record industry wants this so damn bad, they should be prepared to foot the entire cost of implementing and running it.

  6. Sorin:
    Oct 28, 2009 at 02:57 PM

    this is what happens when people that don't understand the technology thing they have control over it.

  7. Anonymous:
    Oct 28, 2009 at 03:06 PM

    He's a dangerous man and this plan is a disaster for the citizens of the UK.

    "Digital Britain"? Fat chance.

  8. notanidiot:
    Oct 28, 2009 at 03:10 PM


  9. Anonymous:
    Oct 28, 2009 at 04:05 PM

    Is there a link to the cabinet meeting? It's not coming up on google news yet...

  10. Michael Holloway:
    Oct 28, 2009 at 04:54 PM


    (Note the jazzy spelling)

  11. angry british citizen:
    Oct 28, 2009 at 09:04 PM

    well, peter you are a muppet and a idiot. thank you for wasting the british taxpayers money, I am sure anyone you ban from owning their own connection will be more than happy to use someone elses. I hope that david geffen's dick tastes good because the british taxpayer just became david's geffen's personal pimp. you are another clueless politician with no idea about what you are doing in regards to "digital" rights. get a clue.

  12. Anonymous:
    Oct 29, 2009 at 08:57 AM

    Of course Peter assumes that Labour will be re-elected. Thankfully, there's very little chance of that happening. Yet another reason not to vote labour! ID Cards, 3 strikes laws which go against due process - it's all adding up Peter.

  13. Bob:
    Oct 29, 2009 at 09:46 AM

    So how many of you have actually written to your MP then? Or are you all just happy to bitch about it but not act apon it?!

  14. Chris:
    Oct 29, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    I just wrote an email to Sadiq Khan actually, I'm hoping he'll see the light and vote against this not toe the party line.

  15. Anonymous:
    Oct 29, 2009 at 07:01 PM

    MPs are desperately trying to get away with their dodgy expense claims, depriving tax payers' of thousands of pounds. It looks like the "flippers" will get off scot free.

    However, if someone made a dodgy claim that I illegally downloaded 3 MP3s, depriving the music industry of a whopping £2.40 (80p a track), I'll get permanently disconnected from the Internet forever without any legal recourse?

    Something seems off somehow.

    Labour is in enough trouble already. According to the BBC article, they plan to put this Draconian scheme into practice next April.

    Given that the Election will probably take place in May, do they honestly think this will be a vote winner? Turkeys don't vote for Christmas.

  16. Michael Holloway:
    Nov 06, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    I wrote to my MP using a slightly edited version of standard text and just had a reply to say he'll sign the EDM. Have followed up to ask for more detail on his position.

    Writing letters does actually work!

  17. James Cresswell:
    Nov 05, 2009 at 02:00 AM

    I have written to Mandelson a number of times and my own MP. I didnt get a reply from Mandelson, no suprise there. But I did get one from the MP, saying he supports the idea. Needless to say, I tried to point out the flaws in Mandelsons great plan for digital Britain. All I got was talked over and then the phone put down. So no help there. I however, will keep fighting this as apart from anything else its unworkable and will cost the taxpayers millions. Plus they will never stop me sharing files. The powers that be, can try what they want, I will get round it some way.