Letter to Gerald Kaufman re the digital economy bill

March 22, 2010

in Activism, Letters

Dear Mr. Kaufman,

thank you for your recent letter in reply to mine on the Early Day Motion on the labelling of products containing battery hen eggs. 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 or really thinking about its consequences.

The law is controversial and contains many measures that concern me and many other voters, including removing people’s internet access on the allegation of a copyright holder – this is an absolute travesty of justice and civil liberties. 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 infringement with virtually no evidence at all.

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. If this bill passes the Government will lose the goodwill and votes of tens of thousands of young people and those involved in the IT industry. 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. I hope you will agree with my points and add your voice to the increasing clamor against this bill’s truly horrifying measures.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah McCulloch

If you would like more information on why the Digital Economy Bill is a terrible idea, please visit Why should You Care About the Digital Economy Bill?.

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