Hats 157 to 159: Digital Economy Bill / Return of the Kirstikins


Three striped hats in front of a rain-spattered window, facing a brightly lit alleyway

Go into the light!

These smoothie hats are going to the big supermarket in the sky. Sir Kirsdy chose the colours for the orange and purple one in the middle, using up the last of the fluorescent orange. I am still debating internally whether it was wise to let her pick. But then, orange and purple are very fruity colours so they’re actually rather suitable, innit?

Moving on to a pretty groovy subject that is currently in, hip and down with the kids – the Digital Economy Bill. (Link to page on parliament website.)

Here is a video from the demo yesterday.

Here is a hashtag search for #debill on Twitter.

Here’s a quote of what Cory Doctorow said there.

So imagine if I said to you that I had a single wire that could deliver in it freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, access to communities, ideas and tools, access to education, to civic engagement, to politics, to everything that matters in the 21st century, and then I said that we’re gonna take that wire, and regulate it as though we’re a glorified way for getting Lily Allen tracks without paying for them and downloading Police Academy sequels. You’d say I was mad, but that’s what’s on the plate today with the Digital Economy Bill.

They’ve only gone and put the debate about the digital economy bill on at the same time as something to do with dissolving parliament so there’s a real risk of it getting rushed into law. (27,000 people in 26 countries say that access to the internet is a human right, and this bill will give the government power to cut anyone off from the internet.)

It’s basically a bill to keep the rich getting richer – those people who hold copyright are worried that a small percentage of their income isn’t coming in because of downloads, when people who illegally download spend twice as much on media as people who don’t.

I’d really appreciate it if you would write to your MP – here’s a very easy link to do it all online.

Thank you for reading. 🙂

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