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Email from Nick Clegg re:digital rights bill

Having used the website to send an email to my MP (Nick Clegg)
this is the response I got...

Dear Mr Nomme

Thank you for your email concerning the rushed proposal of the Digital
Economy Bill.

 The Digital Economy Bill is wide ranging and covers issues such as a
new remit for Channel 4, the classification of computer games, plans for
switchover to digital radio and the future of regional news on ITV as
well as the issue of illegal downloading.

 The Liberal Democrats support the creative industries and believe that
many aspects of this Bill are vitally important to the continuing
success of our radio, television and content industries. 

 We are also concerned about the financial implications of illegal
downloading of copyright material and recognise the importance of
protecting intellectual property. 

 A report published on 17th March 2010 predicted that a quarter of a
million jobs in the UK's creative industries could be lost by 2015 if
current trends in online piracy continue.

 Commenting on it, Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC, said:
"The results of the study stress that the growth of unauthorised
file-sharing, downloading and streaming of copyrighted works and
recorded performances is a major threat to the creative industries in
terms of loss of employment and revenues. The scale of the problem is
truly frightening now - let alone in the future if no firm actions
against illegal file-sharing are taken."

 For these reasons we do believe that some action is needed and must
form part of the Digital Economy Bill.

 However, we have opposed - and helped defeat - government proposals
(contained in Clause 17 of the original Digital Economy Bill) to give
itself almost unfettered powers to act against copyright infringement.

 Further, as a result of debates instigated and amendments passed by the
Liberal Democrats in the Lords, the government's original proposals
relating to illegal peer-to-peer file-sharing have been significantly

 As a result, no action to introduce "technical measures" (whether
temporary account suspension, bandwidth throttling or whatever) can be
introduced until; 

 1. soft measures (letter writing) have been used 

2. an evaluation of their effectiveness has been undertaken 

3. an evaluation of the need for, and likely effectiveness of, technical
measures has been undertaken 

4. further consultation has taken place 

5. proposed legislation is brought before parliament for decision, and 

6. there is an explicit assumption of innocence until proved guilty 

The Liberal Democrats remain concerned by some aspects of the system for
tackling peer-to-peer file-sharing being introduced in the Bill and will
take further action in the Commons to scrutinise and improve the
legislation. In particular, we are concerned that there will not be
enough time for in-depth consultation on the initial code that Ofcom
will draw up. We also feel that there is currently inadequate protection
in the Bill for schools, libraries, universities and other businesses
offering internet access to the public.

 We are also unconvinced of the merits of the various technical measures
that have been proposed, including bandwidth shaping and temporary
account suspension. For this reason we have amended the Bill to ensure
that any such measures cannot be introduced without proper consultation
and not until evidence has been produced to prove that this is the best
available option. We are further seeking to ensure that any measures
brought before parliament will be subject to maximum scrutiny in both
Houses and that it will be possible for changes to be made to them
before a final decision is made. 

 We are urging the creative music, film and video games industries to
work more vigorously to develop new business models which will make it
easier and more affordable for people to legally access their products.
We hope that this combined with "soft measures" and an effective
education campaign will mean that further action will not be required.

 Liberal Democrats have agreed at their Spring Conference to establish a
working party to address these issues. With at least a year before there
will be any attempt to introduce "technical measures", this will provide
an opportunity for the party to consider the outcome of research into
the effectiveness of the early stages of the implementation of the
legislation in the digital economy Bill.

 The Bill has now completed all stages in the Lords but cannot proceed
unless it has, as a minimum, been debated at a "Second Reading" in the
Commons. We believe that many of the measures in the Bill that do not
relate to illegal file sharing are important and must be allowed to go
into law. However, in respect of those that relate to illegal file
sharing we will not support them in the Commons if we are not satisfied
that the procedures in place are fair and allow for full consultation
and scrutiny before their introduction in the future. 

Yours sincerely

Nick Clegg MP

Nick Clegg MP
Sheffield Hallam 
Web: <a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href=""></a>
Office: 85 Nethergreen Road, Sheffield, S11 7EH
Tel: 0114 230 9002   Fax: 0114 230 9614
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A classic

Just received this email from a mate whose mother recently died (names deliberately obsured by me) ...

I had to send an email to Rushmoor council as they'd sent my mum a bus
pass, even though I'd told them she had died in November.  This is
their reply, it's a classic.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Customer Services <a class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href=""><></a>
Date: Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 10:19 AM
Subject: RE: Hilda ********
To: Steve ********

Good Morning

Thank you for your email.

I am very sorry that this was sent to you in error, I have ensured that
our records have now been updated for both her bus pass and her Garden

Once again we are very sorry for any incontinence caused.

If I can be of further assistance please contact
<a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href=""></a>

Kind Regards

Susan ******
Customer Services
Rushmoor Borough Council
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Cheese. Cake. Cheese. In a cake.

It's the future!

Well so said Peter Kay.

Today I made a 'NewYork Style' baked cheesecake.

It's in the fridge chillin' at the moment.

So readers - should it be eaten 'au naturel' or should I put some
sort of topping on it? If topping then what?

Lots of nice fruit about at the moment, but for some reason I'm thinking
choclate buttons would be good.

What do you reckon?
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A Challenge

A challenge for you.

Myself and Austin can't do level 14 of this:-

I think we are both very close.

If I could just get the last fan in place a bit quicker I'd have it cracked.

If you take up the challenge and crack it please post a screen shot of the starting position.

Conside a gauntlet thrown in your face!

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Ah...there's nothing like seeing a bird sucking on my fat balls, or watching a pair of great tits resting on my nut sack.

Yes - when I moved into my new house I inherited a few bird feeders and I have since been experimenting
with various foodstuffs to see what they like and don't like. So far we've been getting great tits, blue tits, sparrows,
robins, pigeons, magpies and we even saw a jay the other day.

A couple of squirrels have also been seen which if they persist will soon find themselves to be ex-squirrels.

So what birds do you get in your garden and what (if anything) do you feed them?

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Google Wave

Just watched the google i/o keynote speech on "google wave" over at

I never thought it would happen but I think I've just seen the beginning of the end of email!

Well, email as we know it.

I love this quote from :-

"“We’re going to reinvent communication, we just need 100 engineers who can go off to Australia for a while, and we’ll get back to you in a few years,” Brin recalled them saying. But executives decided to bet on the brothers’ track record. “We decided, collectively, to give them the benefit of the doubt.”"

The brothers refered too are the guys who came up with google maps.

If you can't be arsed to watch the demo (it's over an hour long) there's a decent list of what it does here: