☞ Unintended Consequences Redux
By webmink on Dec 07, 2009
The problem is not the police; it's the fact that a badly thought-out law was put on the statute books and the police are now empowered and expected to enforce it. I picked the story from The Telegraph because they of all UK newspapers could be expected to find the real root-cause as the government's legislation and not the police. And yet they fail the test. This case is as clear a demonstration as could be created that we dare not allow the Digital Economy Bill to pass, with it's empowerment-on-trust of Lord Mandelson.
Even the recording industry finds our old-fashioned copyright system unworkable. Just how bad does it have to get before people wake up to the fact we're now in an internet age and that's a source of opportunity instead of threat? What's the betting things will get even worse under the intolerable worldview ACTA is introducing to fossilise copyright in the analogue age?