This debate has raged between the music industry and pretty much everyone else for a while now. The digital economy bill that should have been about digital Britain and how we can all use the web for good, has been turned into a load of proposals that may endanger free speech and endanger creativity. I wrote the following to my local MP, Nick Clegg:
I’m writing to you regarding the rush that is planned to push through the Digital Economy Bill. I’m aware that this is a very complex bill and there are many parts of it that concern me. I think that there is a lot in there that many people should be concerned about and without the time to debate it properly, we’ll be making mistakes that we will soon regret.
I moved to Sheffield because of our strong design community which is doing great things with the web. In this industry I have seen how creative solutions can provide services to those who need them most. Solutions that are an asset to the design community and to Sheffield and that can save the government a great deal of money. I am worried that this creativity will be stifled by this new bill. We are already at a disadvantage compared with many European countries who long ago woke up and realised how important unrestricted internet access is.
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 recommend you have your own say by writing to your MP via the brilliant 38 Degrees campaign. It only took a minute (you can tell by my prose!), but to let this go through without a fight would be criminal.