Guilty until Proven Innocent

April 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm 2 comments

Many aspects of this campaign are enjoyable, but I’m not enjoying the increased insight into our skewed and illiberal political system. While out canvassing I spoke to someone who’s been accused (falsely, she insists) of illegal downloading. So I looked more closely at the Digital Economy Bill, which was forced through the last session of Parliament without proper debate.

I have no problem with a degree of copyright protection, but there are two big problems with this legislation. Firstly, the technology is rubbish so they can’t even tell accurately who exactly has been a-downloadin’. Secondly, it removes the presumption of innocence! Yes folks, New Labour’s very last act in government was to undermine yet another of our civil liberties! If you’re accused of copying re-runs of Friends it’s up to you to prove you didn’t do it….good luck!

Just to add insult to injury, they were so busy repealing Magna Carta that they somehow couldn’t manage any modest electoral reform. Course, they really really wanted to do it, but sadly there just wasn’t time….


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  • 1. Billy Wetherhead  |  April 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Since the Digital Economy Bill has not yet passed into law, I find it difficult to understand how a person could be accused (presumably by the police?) of a related crime.

    • 2. h0wgreenismyvalley  |  April 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

      Not the police! Certain law firms are sending out letters asking for a payment of £500 plus because people have, allegedly, made illegal downloads. There was a big Guardian article on it about a week ago…..


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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