A song for Peter Mandelson

I am sure you are aware of the digital economy bill – parts of which at least is simply bonkers (an interesting Guardian article on this).  Dan Bull (who previously wrote a musical open letter to Lily Allen about copyright) has recorded another open letter to Peter Mandelson (UK Business Secretary and Pirate-Finder General with nearly unlimited powers to enforce copyright).  It is a very clever song and for sheer entertainment worth a play:

If you haven’t heard about the digital economy bill or why people like Dan are concerned by it here is the best and briefest description I’ve found:

“the Government’s proposal to cut off internet access to those who are caught illegally downloading copyrighted files. We think this has one fundamental flaw, as illegal filesharers will simply hack into other peoples WiFi networks to do their dirty work. This will result in innocent people being disconnected from the internet. What’s more, such a punishment should be dealt with in the proper way, in a court of law. This guilty until proven innocent approach violates basic human rights.”

I plagiarized this description from the number10 petitions site – if you would like to register your opinion against the digital economy bill, the petition is here.

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