Britain's Digital Economy Bill: A punishing future - Editorial
Posted in: Government & Policy at 24/11/2009 16:25
The digital economy bill is misnamed. A more honest title for the legislation, recently introduced in the Lords, would be the copyright protection and punishment bill. It is less about creating the digital businesses of the 21st century than protecting the particular 20th century business models used in music and film.
The bill is narrow in vision but dangerously broad in creating sweeping ministerial powers to punish digital pirates. It boils Digital Britain down to three Ms - media, music and movies - myopically ignoring the pioneers of new technology, and showing a blind spot for all creativity outside the so-called creative industries.
For more media coverage and a news release announcing the bill from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, see:
The Minister for Digital Britain, Stephen Timms, outlines the key themes of the Digital Economy Bill, which was published on 20 November 2009: