Monday, 7 December 2009

Record label head resigns to oppose Digital Economy Bill

CMU reports in an article that Anthony Hall, head of record label Pure Mint, is resigning from both the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) because of their support for the Digital Economy Bill.  Significantly Mr Hall, who is also a lawyer,  has been both a member of the BPI's rights committee and IFPI's International Legal Committee.

His resignation letter is strongly critical of the bill and BPI and IFPI's support for it. His complaints are precisely those that have been raised loudly in other quarters...  The bill, the article says "is in danger of disregarding some sacred legal principles (regarding process, presumption of innocence and burden of proof) and ... it won't solve the record industry's piracy problems anyway."

The proposal for new ministerial powers he describes as "wholly undemocratic and contrary to centuries of good practice regarding the forming of our copyright legislation."

Top marks to Mr Hall for showing that integrity and principle matters more than profits.  But are government minister's really so blind that they can't see this for themselves??? 

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