Implications of the Digital Economy Bill Third Reading
Many thanks for your reply.
I am disappointed to see that Martin voted in favour of the DEB.
My understanding is that the DEB will now likely go through to wash-up
without sufficient debate at committee or otherwise. I am unaware as
to whether you received a reply from Lord Mandelson regarding your
A balanced approach to copyright and encouraging digital innovation is
incredibly important to me. I own and run a growing, award-winning and
internationally recognised business, based in Vauxhall – near where I
live – that employs people directly involved in digital content
creation, and I sincerely believe that the approach taking in the DEB
was wrong. In DEB, I see legislation drafted and lobbied for by
traditional content industries who have been unwilling or unable to
produce successful strategies to deal with an audience that actively
wants to engage with its content.
I am sorry to say that you have lost my vote in the upcoming election.
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> Nick Russell
> From: Dan Hon
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> Sent: Wednesday, 17 March, 2010 17:39:30
> Subject: Don’t rush through extreme internet laws
> Dan Hon
> Dear Martin
> I’m writing to you today because I’m very worried that the Government is
> planning to rush the Digital Economy Bill into law without a full
> Parliamentary debate.
> The law is controversial and contains many measures that concern me. The
> controversial Bill deserves proper scrutiny so please don’t let the
> government rush it through. Many people think it will damage schools and
> businesses as well as innocent people who rely on the internet because it
> will allow the Government to disconnect people it suspects of copyright
> Industry experts, internet service providers (like Talk Talk and BT) and
> huge internet companies like Google and Yahoo are all opposing the bill –
> yet the Government seems intent on forcing it through without a real debate.
> In my professional context, I have taken part in DEB consultations, spoken
> at the DEB summit at the invitation of Peter Mandelson and the startup I
> co-founded has taken part in other related consultations and events such as
> C@binet. I am appalled that this action is being taken with regard to the
> As a constituent I am writing to you today to ask you to do all you can to
> ensure the Government doesn’t just rush the bill through and deny us our
> democratic right to scrutiny and debate.
> Dan Hon
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