☞ Messing With My Rights
By webmink on Dec 11, 2009
Very apt response to the controversy over Eric Schmidt's remarks.
Cory on target as usual spots the one-rule-for-you inconsistency in Eric Schmidt's comments about privacy.
While it's good to see the start of the end for Clause 17, the impossibly anti-democratic clause in the Digital Economy Bill giving Lord Mandelson & his successors absolute power in copyright cases, creating a witchfinder-general for the modern age (even before the anti-paedo lobby could do it), we must remember it was only there to make the rest of the bill - including the amazingly anti-citizen three-strikes stuff - look moderate.
That headline is a bit hyperbolic, but the point the article makes is important. The Digital Economy Bill frames citizens as at best amoral and best assumed to be at fault. Lord Lucas points out that Mandelson's bill will put new power in the hands of extortionists, and that the supposed "good guys" are at fault because instead of developing business models to exploit the new opportunities - which we now know is very profitable, ask Apple - they instead sued everyone, including good innovators like MP3.com, and attacked their best customers. A welcome burst of reality that I hope will spread throughout Parliament.