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Movie and record labels are overjoyed at the support they're receiving from the British government

Late in October DailyTech reported on the new three strikes piracy legislation proposed in the United Kingdom by Britain's majority Labour Party.  Under the legislation those caught pirating would receive two warnings, then would be cut off from the internet.  The real headache, though, is how to police the traffic and enforce the provisions on ISPs and consumers.

Despite mass objections from telecoms, citizens, electronics experts, law enforcement officials, and members of the minority conservative and socialist parties, Labour Party officials have blazed ahead with a framework to allow the legislation to be enforced.

According to Labour Party leaders, the government is planning on handing the expense of the Digital Economy Bill down to taxpayers.  That expense is estimated to be approximately £500M (approximately $800M USD).  On average, that works out to more than £25 more a year ($40 USD/year) per internet connection.

And that's considering that the government is counting on the bill reducing piracy enough to increase media revenues by £1.7B ($2.72B USD), leading to £350M ($560M USD) extra in VAT tax revenue.  If that increase isn't realized, British taxpayers could find themselves on the hook for over $1B USD in enforcement expenses.

The initial letter writing campaign is predicted to cut off 40,000 citizens from the internet and cost £1.40 ($2.20 USD) per subscription.  The government appears to have purposefully neglects to include possible economic losses based on citizens being taken offline in its estimates.

Charles Dunstone, chief executive of Carphone Warehouse, whose subsidiary TalkTalk is the biggest consumer provider of broadband in UK, is flabbergasted at how the punitive bill is gaining so much traction.  He states, "Broadband consumers shouldn’t have to bail out the music industry. If they really think it’s worth spending vast sums of money on these measures then they should be footing the bill; not the consumer."

Still the media industry is cheering the British government's decision to obey their commands, despite the taxpayer expenses and objections.  Writes the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, an industry trade group, "The overall benefits to the country far outweigh the costs."

They argue that movies like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Star Trek have been pirated millions of times, amounting to millions in lost revenues.

And it certainly helps their argument that in the UK, like in the U.S., the media industry spends enormous sums on legal representation and government lobbying efforts.  As the growing conflict in Britain is proving, if there's one lobbyist power in the UK and U.S. that's perhaps greater than telecommunication firms, it's the media industry trade groups.

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RE: I'm glad
By messyunkempt on 12/29/2009 3:31:09 PM , Rating: 2
Seems to 'work' quite well to me. Although I have heard many comments on here about the horrendous state of british government run medicine I've managed to go a good 28 years without seeing it myself. Odd, since I live here. Feel ill? See a doctor within a few days. Feel very ill? Go to one of the many NHS walk in centres and see one within 30 minutes. And all for the grand fee of zero pounds.

I haven't really used the services much myself but no doubt it will come in handy when I get a little older and until that point i'm more than happy for a portion of the tax I pay to provide the services to those that need it. And I personally don't know anyone who hasn't had at least one close friend or relative that benefitted from it.

RE: I'm glad
By Bateluer on 12/29/2009 3:47:48 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting. I can go to a doctor here anytime I wish and see the doctor within 10 minutes usually, for nearly any reason. I can see an RN as soon as I walk in the door.

Americans do not want socialized medicine, and the more we learn about this bill, the more people turn against it. Our politicians are pushing it anyway, which is why I said there will be a house cleaning in the next congressional elections.

RE: I'm glad
By PhatoseAlpha on 12/29/2009 4:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
Ever had to deal with someone in your family with a long term disabling disease? Insurance companies denying claims as a matter of course, simply to delay payment and hopefully not be challenged by the 'insured', seeing as they're laid up with an illness?

Oh sure, you can walk into a hospital and not be denied care. But, don't believe 'doesn't have insurance' means 'doesn't get billed'. You'll be ejected from the hospital ASAP, and if you're really lucky, the bills will have you living on the street.

Yes, socialized medicine sucks.

But privatized medicine also sucks, very, very badly.

Pray you never get to see just how bad it actually sucks.

RE: I'm glad
By Nimmist on 12/29/2009 5:52:02 PM , Rating: 2
Government run Medicare refuses more claims than private insurance. I'm not saying what we have is great, but Government run is worse.

RE: I'm glad
By omnicronx on 12/29/2009 6:05:51 PM , Rating: 2
Apples to Oranges.. I don't think I have to point out what age group Medicare mainly serves. Furthermore some insurance companies are within fractions of a percentage of medicare in which almost all of their clients are under 65.

The above poster's experiences are the exact reason why I endorse some form of healthcare reform.

RE: I'm glad
By Bateluer on 12/29/2009 8:48:31 PM , Rating: 2
The hospitals are required to treat all patients who enter, regardless of whether or not they have insurance or not. You will get treated. Illegal aliens do it all the time.

The best things the US government could do for health care reform in this country would be to 1)remove restrictions on doctors practicing across state lines, 2)allow insurance companies to sell policies, plans, and operate across state lines, and 3) establish a patients bill of rights only only intervene in the medical sector when those rights have been violated.

Government is incapable of running anything effectively. I lived with government provided health care while active duty military and you'll have to drag me kicking and screaming back to that crap.

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