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April 06, 2010


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Translation was fine DG, but I listened to the MPs debating DEB yesterday and it would be lost on many of them.


I'd have to agree that the washup process shows contempt for parliament. If it is the end of free public wi-fi then thats a classic mistake - pandering to the needs of the few over the many..
And I was amazed listening to PMQ's today - BROWN is STILL saying we need to tax and spend to maintain services!
Excuse me? Last time I looked we had a stonking deficit and yet he still refuses to stop spending money he has not got ?
Would that the Labour party had the balls to get rid of him, because for all the policies you may have, Brown is a huge stumbling block to consider voting Labour. If that makes it personality politics then so be it ..

Or as Kinnock said 'All right ... well all right !!'


Sorry Huw, I think my irony didn't translate very well - I'm completely in agreement with you on this one.


"I know some misguided idiots argued that the easy availability of video games was good for the industry; that young people with no money now would be willing to pay good money for them when they grew up and started earning" -DG

Many would object to that DG (although some studies suggest that there is at least an element of truth to it) but it should be noted that not everyone who "illegally downloads" particular games do not also buy the very same titles.
Sometimes the downloads even occur after the purchase as some gamers who often have a fairly large range of games, prefer to not be forced to have the DVD for the game in their computer when they want to play it.
This is one of the situations where, supposed copy protection and copyright enforcement is in fact forcing people to engage in apparently illegal activities and perhaps being technically in breach of copyright (albeit being in no way damaging to either the creators or the publishers of these games) so they can use their purchases in a way which is convenient to them.


My largest concerns DG are over the ability to block/takedown websites or pages on accusation or assertion.

But there is a very valid argument to take a very long hard look at what the purpose of copyright is, what its limits should be and how long it should last.
One MP yesterday did mention when the first copyright legislation was brought in it was done to protect authors from unscrupulous publishers.
It is interesting that it is now primarily publishers who are the ones seeking to not only raise levels of enforcement but also to extend it to incredibly intrusive levels.
Not only copyright but also patent law needs to be scrutinised in detail and amended as necessary as it is also being used in some ways that are contrary to the intended aims of patent.


Remember in the mid-nineties, when piracy was set to destroy the video game industry? Nothing on this scale was done to protect it, and sure enough, the industry collapsed. If only we'd acted sooner, we might have been living through a golden age of gaming right now, with consoles in family living rooms all over the country, and exciting new innovations like motion sensors becoming commonplace. Alas, none of this has been possible, because all the profits lost to unscrupulous freeloaders meant that there was no money available to create new games, or research new technologies.

I know some misguided idiots argued that the easy availability of video games was good for the industry; that young people with no money now would be willing to pay good money for them when they grew up and started earning, and that new revenue streams from innovative platforms such as MMPORGs would emerge, but they were *totally* wrong.

And look what's happened to the film industry since the emergence of pirated videos and DVDs. Decimated. There's no way a film could make serious money these days, not even if it was full of semi-naked blue-skinned girls scrapping with marines in a forest.

Kay Tie

No, not shocking: exactly the contempt for Parliament and the people we've come to expect.

So that's it for free WiFi in public places then. Thanks Paul.

Paul Flynn

Thanks Huw. At least part of the problem is the looming terminal threat of the General Election - plus the vested interest in this complex bill. No legislation in the run up to an election?


Shocking debate on the Digital Economy Bill.
Hard to imagine a greater level of ignorance could be displayed anywhere.

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