Dear Mandy

A satirical video complaining about Britain's proposed Digital Economy Bill
Thomas Ash
5 January 2010

Regular OurKingdom readers will be aware of Peter Mandelson's plans to take upon himself the power to deputise non-governmental third parties (potentially including record companies and movie studios) to force internet service providers to hand over data on and disconnect users who may be downloading copyrighted material. Felix Cohen and I both wrote about it in these pages, and Guy Aitchison pointed to Cory Doctorow's original reporting on the subject (it should be noted that Doctorow's 'point 1' does not accurately represent the current proposal). Since then, a petition against these moves on the Number 10 website has gained over thirty thousand signatures, and ISPs have claimed that the rates they charge may have to go up by £25 a year to pay for the costs of enforcement.

Portia Barnett-Herrin sends in this satirical Dan Bull video, featuring an irate netizen reading out a letter to Peter Mandelson set - optimistically? - to the tune of Lily Allen's Never Gonna Happen:

Those of you on Twitter can follow the Digital Economy Bill as it progresses through Parliament - and while you're there, why not visit the OurKingdom team via the addresses given in the 'Follow OurKingdom' box to the right of this post? Guy in particular is a prolific tweeter.

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