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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  • 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.

  • Referring to the second Commons reading of the Digital Economy Bill on 6 April — the day when the date of the general election is expected to be announced — Labour MP John Grogan said it was "an absolute insult to our democracy that we will be discussing such a bill in such circumstances".

    The MP for Selby said it was "absolutely essential" that the bill be subject to full Commons scrutiny, adding that "the controversial sections of this bill must be dropped for a future parliament".

Topic: Government UK

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David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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