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Dear Angela Smith,
I am writing to you again regarding the Digital Economy Bill that is currently being passed through Parliament.  I am extremely concerned that this extremely contentious and far-reaching legislation seems to be being hurried through Parliament with no real scrutiny.
This legislation will mean that ordinary law abiding citizens will receive threatening letters from their ISPs and some will have their internet connection cut-off without any proper recourse.
In addition, providers of public Wifi will withdraw their services due to fear of heavy fines because they are not able to identify alleged copyright infringers.  This will mean that thousands of people who use these services in public building, will no longer have the means to access vital information services.
All the while, copyright infringers will be mostly unaffected as the will simply use existing techniques to bypass the monitoring of their activity.
The Digital Economy Bill is ill-thought out and will not protect the interests of our creative industries. I ask you to insist that it is properly debated before it is passed into law.
I look forward to hearing whether you agree that such important legislation should be debated and discussed by you, our elected representatives, rather than being passed into law on a nod and a wink.
Regards
Saul Cozens
46 Rivelin Park Road
Sheffield
S6 5GE
I just used 38 Degrees to tell my MP, Angela Smith (Labour) that I am not happy that the Digital Economy Bill is being pushed through Parliament without proper debate. I’ll let you know if/how she responds.
Dear Angela Smith, I am writing to you again regarding the Digital Economy Bill that is currently being passed through Parliament.  I am extremely concerned that this extremely contentious and far-reaching legislation seems to be being hurried through Parliament with no real scrutiny. This legislation will mean that ordinary law abiding citizens will receive threatening letters from their ISPs and some will have their internet connection cut-off without any proper recourse. In addition, providers of public Wifi will withdraw their services due to fear of heavy fines because they are not able to identify alleged copyright infringers.  This will mean that thousands of people who use these services in public building, will no longer have the means to access vital information services. All the while, copyright infringers will be mostly unaffected as the will simply use existing techniques to bypass the monitoring of their activity. The Digital Economy Bill is ill-thought out and will not protect the interests of our creative industries. I ask you to insist that it is properly debated before it is passed into law. I look forward to hearing whether you agree that such important legislation should be debated and discussed by you, our elected representatives, rather than being passed into law on a nod and a wink. Regards

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