Making UK copyright law
Bismark: sausages and laws
Mandelson meets Geffen
DEB November 2009
The Mandelson clause
The Lib Dem Lord (and the BPI web blocking clause)
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
The Lib Dem revolt (emergency motion at conference)
DEA wash up April 2010
Is 3 strikes in DEB?
Probably but not as we know it Jim
Any “online location” “likely” to host or be “location via” which
infringement takes place (search engines, libraries, universities?)
What is in it?
Details tba in codes e.g. suspension of accounts, blocking user
access to sites, throttling
By court order
no prior access to court, appeal after, guilt assumed, details tba
Civil infringement, criminal penalty. ECJ Promusicae
Punish the innocent
IP address not infringer
IP address minister?
Timms IP (intellectual property) address
Public wi fi dead?
Pubs, airports, hotels, libraries, universities
Gordon Brown, March 2010: "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".
Lawmaking in technicolour
The worldwide view from Twitter #debll #deact
28,000 wrote to MPs
The empty chamber and the whip seen live iPlayer
The wash up – not for controversial laws
Lib Dem conference reversed front bench
MPs when confused turned to music cos for advice (Eg.
My own MP was for and against it)
Most front bench MPs don‟t get the Net
What it is used for
How it works
How it should be regulated
Watching them regulating us
Ofcom duty to work on the „codes‟
Great case study for my book chapter
Gene: I want him in custody by teatime.
Gene: Cos he‟s guilty as sin and a dangerous downloading commie…