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Dea dangerous downloaders act

  1. 1. DEA: the dangerous downloaders act Ray Corrigan Open University
  2. 2. Making UK copyright law <ul><li>Bismark: sausages and laws </li></ul><ul><li>Mandelson meets Geffen </li></ul><ul><li>DEB November 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Mandelson clause </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Lib Dem Lord (and the BPI web blocking clause) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Labour Lord “ I regret to say that during the course of our consideration of the Bill, we have seen one of the worst examples in my memory of the political parties being captured by a producer interest .” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Lib Dem revolt (emergency motion at conference ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DEA wash up April 2010 </li></ul>
  3. 3. 3strikes <ul><li>Creators (compensate) </li></ul><ul><li>Economic agents (business models) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intermediaries (ISPs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consumers/citizens (Rights) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Not about <ul><li>Abolishing copyright </li></ul><ul><li>Impoverishing creators </li></ul>
  5. 5. Is 3 strikes in DEB? <ul><li>Probably but not as we know it Jim </li></ul><ul><li>Details tba </li></ul><ul><li>Vague language </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any “online location” “likely” to host or be “location via” which infringement takes place (search engines, libraries, universities?) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What is in it? <ul><li>Technical measures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Details tba in codes e.g. suspension of accounts, blocking user access to sites, throttling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Website blocking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By court order </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Problems <ul><li>Suspicion </li></ul><ul><li>Due process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>no prior access to court, appeal after, guilt assumed, details tba </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Proportionality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil infringement, criminal penalty. ECJ Promusicae </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Punish the innocent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IP address not infringer </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. IP address minister? <ul><li>Timms IP (intellectual property) address </li></ul>
  9. 9. Emergence <ul><li>Intermediary liability </li></ul><ul><li>Public wi fi dead? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pubs, airports, hotels, libraries, universities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digital divide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gordon Brown, March 2010: &quot;21% of UK adults have never accessed the internet. That’s over a fifth trapped in a second tier of citizenship, denied what I increasingly think of as a fundamental freedom in the modern world: to be part of the internet and technology revolution&quot;. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Lawmaking in technicolour <ul><li>The worldwide view from Twitter #debll #deact </li></ul><ul><li>28,000 wrote to MPs </li></ul><ul><li>The empty chamber and the whip seen live iPlayer </li></ul><ul><li>The wash up – not for controversial laws </li></ul><ul><li>Lib Dem conference reversed front bench </li></ul><ul><li>MPs when confused turned to music cos for advice (Eg. My own MP was for and against it) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Watching them regulating us
  12. 12. What next? <ul><li>Most front bench MPs don’t get the Net </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What it is used for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How it works </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How it should be regulated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Watching them regulating us </li></ul><ul><li>Ofcom duty to work on the ‘codes’ </li></ul><ul><li>Great case study for my book chapter </li></ul>
  13. 13. Gene: I want him in custody by teatime. Alex: Why? Gene: Cos he’s guilty as sin and a dangerous downloading commie…

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