Digital Economy Act: A letter to my MP

Sam Gyimah
Here he is, Sam Gyimah (Click to visit his site)

Dear Sam Gyimah,
Firstly, I’d like to congratulate you on your recent appointment to MP. Well done. I’m keen to see how you’re able to take the baton from Peter Ainsworth and run with it – I’m expecting some great things!

The second reason for writing this letter to ask that you support the repeal of sections 11 to 18 of the Digital Economy Bill.

As you’re most definitely aware, the bill came to pass on the 8th April 2010. I feel that this Act was rushed through, without proper debate, without proper scrutiny and without discussion by people who actually know what it is they’re talking about (I would hate to think that my Intellectual Property address was being recorded here).

I’m quite sure that, given you’re appointment to the post of East Surrey MP wasn’t made flippantly, you’re the man to represent my views in parliament.

The act has some serious flaws, I for one don’t want my internet cut-off if I leave my wireless network unsecured and someone, without my permission, logs on and downloads the latest Simon Cowell tripe to listen to on their mobile phone, out loud, on the back of a bus (which is the subject for another email, on another day).

What would happen if I ran a cafe which offered free wireless as a means to generate extra custom and someone, using my free wireless, were to download a video of monkey dancing, which had a soundtrack which wasn’t licensed correctly? That’s right, my internet is cut off for someone else’s crime. In fact, it’s only “minor civil offence” as it’s infringement of copyright, NOT MURDERING A KITTEN!

That act holds the account holder liable, not the infringer, which, frankly, is preposterous. It’s like holding the post office responsible for me sending an illegal CD copy of the Teletubbies soundtrack to my nan. I mean, really?

Eric Joyce (the Labour MP for Falkirk West) has setup an all-party group to discuss the outcome of the Digital Economy Bill. Yes, I know he’s the opposition, but, whatever, this is an all-party group. I ask, no, I demand that my government get together and sort the Digital Economy Act out. I believe it has some INCREDIBLE flaws and, frankly, seems to have been written by record company executives.

That’s not the case, is it? Because that would be awful and probably illegal. Let’s agree to put that thought out of our heads Sam.

I probably don’t need to tell you that this is a big deal for me. I don’t often write to my MP as, on the whole, I’m generally happy with the way things are going, but I make my living from the internet so this is a serious issue for me, regardless of how flippant I may sound.

Sam, thanks for your time in reading this email.

Please contact Eric Joyce at joycee@parliament.uk for more information.

Kind regards,

Mike Pearce

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