alitalf: Skiing in the 3 Valleys, France, 2008 (Default)

From [personal profile] tigerfort:

The glorious leaders of the UK have published a "Digital Economy Bill" as part of this year's legislative program. The main thrust of it is penalties for people suspected of illegal file sharing, and the ability for more penalties and requirements for ISPs to keep and hand over information to be added later by Mr Mandleson or his successor, with no further debate.

There is also a provision for a royalty collecting organisation to collect royalties on behalf of people not their members, and, presumably, keep them. This was not clear, but I believe it is what is done in the USA.

This is a pretty chilling piece of legislation. We rely increasingly on the internet, and it does not seem to me even vaguely in line with previous traditions of UK law to impose a far reaching penalty in response to accusations for which evidence need not be provided.

In the USA, academics have rigorously demonstrated false identification of illegal file sharing for such devices as printers and routers. Although it may turn out that the majority of the people so accused will be guilty, it would not be prudent to assume that. 'Course, if you've done nothing wrong, you have notihng to fear, right?

There is a Number 10 petition to sign, and I commend to all reading this in the UK that they do so.

Here are links to more info. I particularly liked this comment from one of them: Eroding Democracy and Constitutional Law should be a criminal offense, not a business model...

alitalf: Skiing in the 3 Valleys, France, 2008 (Default)
I believe that software patents are unnecessary, and mostly a means to allow large companies with lots of cash to stop anyone else from doing things so obvious that the smaller businesses, intent on their line of business, have been doing for years, and would never imagine should be patented.

At present, to the best of my understanding, pure software patents have no legal force in theory, but courts in the EU have supported tham. The EU parliament has soundly rejected software patents on the last occasion that the EU commission tried to get them into law, but they have not stopped trying.

If think you might agree, please read the info on the petition page, and sign if you do agree.
alitalf: Skiing in the 3 Valleys, France, 2008 (Default)

I'm not sure about this, it seems to me to have the embedded assumption that if you don't want large corporations bossing you around, you want a government to do so instead.

see the pretty picture )
alitalf: Skiing in the 3 Valleys, France, 2008 (Default)
I watched "The Great Global Warming Swindle" a couple of days ago. It increased my knowledge of some of the reasons I had already had doubts about the theory that human activity was causing any significant fraction of the climate change that is happening, as well as adding other reasons not to be a true believer.

Global warming caused by human activity seems to have many aspects including; a misunderstanding, a scam, an excuse to increase taxes, and a cult or a religion.


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