Protestors take copyright bill fears to parliament

Protestors take copyright bill fears to parliament

Summary: At a demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament, campaigners protested at the Digital Economy Bill's provisions for suspending people's internet connections

TOPICS: Government UK

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  • On Wednesday evening, protestors gathered outside the Houses of Parliament to complain about the Digital Economy Bill, which is being fast-tracked through the Commons ahead of the general election.

    The protest was organised by the Open Rights Group, which is particularly opposed to the provisions in the bill for potentially disconnecting those who are repeatedly accused of unlawful file-sharing. Protestors also decried the speed with which the bill is going through the Commons, with many complaining that the circumstances mean the complex bundle of legislation cannot be properly scrutinised by MPs.

  • Protestors wore black tape over their mouths and carried black placards, referencing what they viewed as the censorial effects of the Digital Economy Bill.

  • Open Rights Group chief Jim Killock, pictured here with Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate Bridget Fox, told ZDNet UK he estimated around 250 people showed up for the demonstration.

    Asked whether he thought the protest would make a difference, Killock said demonstrations were "part of change".

    "I think the more than 13,000 letters sent to MPs [complaining about the bill's fast passage through the Commons] ought to make a difference," Killock said.

Topic: Government UK

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