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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 5:30:58 PM , Rating: 5
You apparently just don't get it. The Canada system is just like the European system. It's government RATIONED health care. Not provided, but rationed.
Please, how are the two mutually exclusive? Please stop regurgitating this kind of BS, as it does not even make sense. Just nonsense dribble that anti reformists came up with. For example I can provide everyone on DT with candy, it could be one candy per person, but I'm still providing everyone with candy.
There are MANY better way to reform health-care than by destroying 1/6 'th of our private economy by having the government take over health-care. Key word ; reform. Reform implies it will be made better. Fact is, yes FACT, for the huge majority of the United States citizens, this type of "reform" will lead to worst health care than we already have.
Don't you get it? It should have never been 1/6 of your private economy in the first place. Its just a circle of greed, your hospital will charge 25$ for a cotton swab who will in tern charge 25$ + 1.25$ handling fee to the insurance company, who will in tern raise their rates because of rising 'health costs'. My job is to maintain drug pricing and information for pretty much any drug you can buy in Canada. I know exactly how much we pay for drugs and have done the comparisons many times to average US pricing. FACT is, health-care reform will result in reduced care for a small percentage of people in exchange for much better care for a heck of a lot more people.
1. More expensive - WRONG
2. Less choice- TRUE (Can't argue here, but if less choice means more overall coverage for more people, then I'm all fore it)
3. Less accessible - WRONG/TRUE (More accessible for most, less accessible for those that had/have more money to pay for it)
You cannot be denied care in the United States either. What was your point ?
Oh really? So if I have a condition in which no Insurance company will cover me (whether that be at all, or for an acceptable price), does not not constitute as denied coverage? Or perhaps I am covered but only to a certain amount? I require specialized surgery and my insurance will only cover a percentage of the five-six figure bill?

It happens every day, so please wake up as it could happen even the average Joe that pays his insurance every month.

This can't happen in UK or Canada (just using your example)
Canada has, what, some 30 million odd citizens ? And you spent 170 billion last year on health-care. The United States has 330+ million citizens. Do the math.
Lets make this simple, Canada's current health structure = 10.1% of GDP (or 16% government revenue), existing US health care, 16% of GDP (or 18.5% government revenue). So yes, please, do the math..
So I called my doctor and the next day, the NEXT friggin day, had an appointment to see him so we could try a different medication. I had NO wait time, I walked in a few minutes before my scheduled time and was promptly seen by my doctor. No wait. And I paid 20 bucks and my insurance, as usual, picked up the rest.
Thats what family doctors are for, they are required by law in Canada to leave a certain amount of time per day for the kinds of appointments. I've never once had a problem booking my family doctor within a day or two. You don't go to the hospital emerge and wait to see a doctor.. oh and guess how much I paid...
It's this simple. I'm glad, overjoyed, that you like your system. That's great. But I live HERE, and I have to deal with how this so called health-care "reform" will effect me and my family. So don't hand me this shit sandwich and tell me it tastes great. How dare you preach to me about it.
Hey buddy I understand your reasoning's, but in the end perhaps you should think about the bigger picture. Perhaps your grandchildren and their kids. Medical costs in the US have soared in the past few decades, and the end is nowhere in sight as long as profit remains the main drive.

I'm also not trying to impose anything, the system we have employed in Canada/UK will never work in the US, but reform is needed, and a mix of public/private healthcare seems like the answer (Heck I wish they did that here in Canada). That way each the public sector keeps the private sector in check, and vise versa, but what exactly do you think you are doing with all your posts? You preach your personal feelings just as I preach mine..

RE: I'm glad
By Reclaimer77 on 12/29/09, Rating: -1
RE: I'm glad
By Hoser McMoose on 12/29/2009 8:08:44 PM , Rating: 5
In fact, you are being completely dismissive of the massive financial burden your system places on it's population to cover such a small number of people.

In Canada each and every one of the 33M citizens pays approximately $3,200 (U.S. dollar equiv.) for the public health care system and another $1,350 for additional private health care (dentist, eye glasses, company drug plans, etc. that are not covered by the public system).

In the U.S. each and every one of the 310M citizens pays approximately $3,650 for public health care (Medicare, Medicaid and other State and Federally funded programs) and another $3,700 for private health care.

Feel free to interpret those numbers anyway you like.

RE: I'm glad
By eddieroolz on 1/3/2010 12:07:10 AM , Rating: 1
I recently had a painful boil on my face that needed intervention.

I went to an walk-in clinic, where I do not need to make appointments. Went there early in the morning, and the doctor took one look and referred me to the emergency.

Now, in the US that would have cost you some cash. In BC, all I had to do was show them my CareCard and it was done.

Then I went to the Emergency ward. I was served in 10 minutes, and referred to a specialist in a further 10 min. I waited in the room for another 10 min and the doctor drained the boil in question. I was then told to come back for a week for daily IV, and prescribed medicine.

Now, that in the US would have cost you additional money. Here in BC, all I did was show them my CareCard. Deja vu.

All this is covered by taxing the population no more than what you get taxed in the US.

So being a citizen in this "socialized medicine" land, I would say that it is YOU that does not have a clue how the system works here. No, I was not rationed health care. I was given care as was everyone else waiting at emergency. The government does not allocate me certain number of visits and then outright refuses to see me after I exceed it. No. They care for you when you need it.

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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