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Responding to the UK government's plans on filesharing
The British government's policy proposals could affect up to
six million people
They want ISPs (the people who manage your broadband connection) to monitor your internet traffic and send you 'warning letters' if you are sharing files.
Details of who has been sent a letter will be made available to big corporations, who can then use it in court to sue you. And if you keep sharing files, you could be
banned from having an internet connection
For many reasons, this seems like a bad idea. Labour MP Tom Watson has set out some of the broader objections and concerns
in a post on his blog.
The plans would create an intrusive and expensive new system to enforce copyright laws which are already perfectly enforceable in the civil courts for anyone who has evidence of illegal activity.
There are also numerous unanswered questions about how 'guilt' would be assigned for people who have shared wi-fi connections or have viruses or other software running on their computer of which they are not aware.
Before the government can introduce the legislation, it is required to hold a public consultation on the ideas and how they would be implemented.
This consultation is currently underway - and any responses to the consulation must be received by the government by
September 29, 2009.
As many people as possible should send their views on the proposals to the government, so that ministers can see what concerns there are and how many people share them.
With an election due by June 2010, this may cause them to
about alienating voters.
Details of the government's proposals and the issues they are consulting on have been published.
The government's original plans were also
changed mid-way through the consultation
make them even harder on internet users
These official documents are often complicated, which means only large companies and organisations tend to respond - the public's views can easily be ignored.
To make it easier for all of us to respond, this webpage
lists all the questions and issues which the government is consulting on and, where relevant, gives some suggested responses setting out some concerns about the proposals
If you agree with the suggested responses, please feel free to copy them and send your responses to the officials who are dealing with them.
A response can be submitted by...
Michael Klym/Adrian Brazier
Communications & Content Industries
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET
020 7215 5442
This website is set up in the 'wiki' format so that others can add further ideas about why the government's proposals are wrong.
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