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Comment Too late (Score 2) 58

From the Open Rights Group's Glyn Wintle who sometimes gets stories posted on /.


They time ran out in parliament so they did not get to the digital economy act clause. So it will not make it into the bill.

Julian tweeted "Thanks all who contacted their MP about my #deact amendment; lots of MPs talked to me about it. Sadly, we'll have no time to debate it."
"So ... My #deact amendment wasn't reached in time, so wasn't taken. I'll keep looking for opportunities!"

The minister did say it would be

Dr Huppert mentioned the Digital Economy Act 2010. He will be aware that the Government announced in August that they did not intend to commence sections 17 and 18 of the Act. There might not be time to debate his new clause, but we are now working on a wide-scale review of the communications sector with a view to publishing a Green Paper by the spring of next year, and a draft Bill by mid-2013. Policy on tackling online copyright infringement, including site-blocking, is being considered as part of that review and, given our intention to conduct that wide-ranging review, it would be premature to act now to repeal sections 17 and 18 of the Act in isolation from any other legislative changes that might be needed.

There was also a ammendment that was not reached that said some thing about charging for data, that could be interesting if any one has time to look at what it was about.

Comment What does it take to become an ISP? (Score 2) 342

So someone will just rent a big pipe from a company that's not signed up to this, split it and sell it on (full encrypted) to downline customers. Sounds like a business model to me...

Another thought - do corporations realise that their 'net feeds will be deep packet sniffed to look for copyright infringing material? I wonder how much they will like the ISPs no longer being just a bunch of tubes...

Comment Well, duh (Score 2, Interesting) 394

I don't pirate software (there's enough very good free stuff out there).

I don't pirate movies (anything worth having is worth buying on DVD).

I don't pirate music (same as DVDs).

However I do download 7-10 TV episodes off usenet every week. I pull them the day after they are on in the US as they won't be shown here in the UK for months - if at all.

What I can never understand is why Murdoch et al don't sign deals with the American networks to show their channels as part of their cable / satellite packages. Same goes for the BBC in American (the "proper" BBC channels - not BBC world).

If I could just record these shows on my PVR my own "piracy" would drop off to almost nothing (and the networks would get me watching more adverts instead of my current number of zero).

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