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Copy of an email sent to my local MP, Terry Rooney

Subject: Concerns about the Digital Technology Bill
Dear Mr Rooney,
Having recently moved to your constituency from elsewhere in Bradford, I’d like to draw your attention to the Digital Economy Bill, which has just passed its third reading in the House of Lords.
I’m very worried that the Government is planning to rush the Digital Economy Bill into law without a full Parliamentary debate.
The law is controversial and contains many measures that concern me, such as the potential for web sites to be censored. It has also been written to satisfy the interests of major record labels and not of the general public – even the British Phonographic Industry, the trade body for major labels, admitted this in a leaked memo.
The statistics which have been used as a basis for the bill are flawed, and only yesterday it was announced that music royalties from legal downloads are increasing faster than the decline of sales of CDs.
There are also fundamental human rights issues that this issue raises and ,a href=”http://www.out-law.com/page-10754″>the Joint Committee on Human Rights has stated that it cannot rule whether the laws introduced in the bill would be compatible with the Human Rights Act.
Industry experts, internet service providers and huge internet companies like Google and Yahoo are all opposing the bill – yet the Government seems intent on forcing it through without a real debate.
As a constituent I am writing to you today to ask you to do all you can to ensure the Government doesn’t just rush the bill through and deny us our democratic right to scrutiny and debate.
Many thanks for your time.
Yours sincerely,
Neil Turner
I will let you know if I receive a response. With thanks to Tim Duckett for some of the links used.

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