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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 omnicronx on 12/29/2009 4:41:55 PM , Rating: 2
In the UK they will not treat a child if they are born before a certain time the the womb. Even though the USA they can be treated and survive here.
I don't agree with the guideline one bit, but I also don't agree with your reasoning, and you make it out as though any premature baby is left to die. The cutoff is 22 weeks, or about 4 months premature. At that point the survival rate of any baby is very low, and even if they were to survive they would most likely have deformities and/or health problems.

Also the big thing here is that its a guideline, not a law, it is up the doctor/hospital to enforce it, which leads me to believe that your penny pushing theory is very much so incorrect. Its more of a pretective mechanism than anything, and once again while I don't agree with it, it really has nothing to do with socialized medicine. It just happens to be the guidelines set out by experts on the subject.
Socialized Medicine is based around Price controls.
You say this as though it has a one dimentional meaning, you are 100% correct, but these price controls are across the board. Just as with any government service, they have to make every penny count, but I don't see how that suddenly equates to lack of service. When I say across the board, I mean drugs cost less (which is as a result of government control) services cost less, pretty much everything costs less.. While you may have insurance, ever pick up your bill to see what the insurance company covered you for? I would bet my house that the exact same treatment in Canada vs the US would be much less money.

In other words, everything to do with medicine in the United States has overinflated pricing. Its just the circle of greed that is your Health care system. Just because you guys are terribly inefficient with all the money you use does not make socialized medicine a bad thing.
If you look at cancer Surviablity you have a better chance here. Think of an illness and treatment Majority of the time you'll have a higher survival rate here in the USA.
* For women, the average survival rate for all cancers is 61 percent in the United States, compared to 58 percent in Canada. * For men, the average survival rate for all cancers is 57 percent in the United States, compared to 53 percent in Canada.
3-4% difference with 100% public healthcare (which would not be the case with US healthcare reform). One could also argue that the fact that cancer rates are also much higher in the US than anywhere else, resulting in more funds being pooled that way. That being said, its well known that the US does have top notch cancer care, but with careful management there is no reason that this cannot continue.

RE: I'm glad
By karielash on 12/30/2009 4:46:10 AM , Rating: 3

highest infant mortality rate of all industrial nations = USA
highest under 5 mortality rate of all industrial nations = USA
lowest Life expectancy of all industrial nations = USA
Death rate in hospital for poor 60% greater than for insured = USA
Cause of majority of US bankruptcy filings = Medical debt

US Health system is horribly broken, riddled with abusive practices by the Health Insurers and manipulated by politicians.

RE: I'm glad
By Solandri on 12/30/2009 2:54:59 PM , Rating: 2
Read the link a couple posts above. The US has the highest infant mortality rate because it classifies each live birth as an infant. In most other countries, infants born premature by a certain amount are simply labeled as miscarriages, regardless of whether they're born alive. That's what causes this seemingly contradictory statistic: the U.S. has the highest survival rate of premature births.

A year ago, working on the premise that women around the world have basically the same miscarriage rate, I added up the miscarriage rate + infant mortality rate based on UN figures. The U.S. ends up about average for industrialized nations if you do that. An interesting thing was, you could tell which countries were padding their data to make their health care systems look good on paper. Cuba had a phenomenally low infant mortality rate, well within the range of developed nations. But their miscarriage rate was the highest reported by any country. And the sum of the two puts them well into the range of undeveloped nations.

The lower life expectancy (it's not the lowest of industrialized nations btw) as has been explained in other posts is simply due to Americans being less healthy than other people (generally, more obese). Foreigners are always ranting about how stupid Americans are. But when it comes to life expectancy, suddenly it's all caused by the health care system, and not by stupidity?

RE: I'm glad
By karielash on 12/30/2009 11:39:00 PM , Rating: 2
Horrible system is Horrible.....

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