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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Deputy Leader of the House of Commons 10:30 am, 8th May 2008

I am not sure whether the hon. Lady is aware that television proceedings and subsequent use on Members' websites are subject to a licence issued by the Speaker. The licence stipulates that material must not be hosted on a searchable website and must not be downloadable. The reason for that is to ensure that it is not re-edited or reused inappropriately for campaigning or satirical purposes.

The hon. Lady raised the issue of mySociety's "Free our Bills" campaign and it is obvious that great strides have been taken recently in improving the parliamentary website. She is right to suggest that if our constituents can gain easier access to the progress of Bills, it will enable them to intervene as they wish. That work is ongoing. The specific proposals of mySociety, however, have some disadvantages. It wants to be able to provide explanatory material and to reorder some material, but before we went that far we would need to look into it in much greater detail.

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Phil Wilson
Posted on 2 Jun 2008 12:30 am (Report this annotation)

Because why would you ever want to search Parliamentary discussion? Can't imagine that ever being useful.

alastair green
Posted on 2 Jun 2008 8:16 pm (Report this annotation)

I can't believe that this license would be very effective if somebody really wanted to edit the video. It seems that it will prevent legitimate use whilst not really doing much to prevent illegitimate use.

Adam Smith
Posted on 4 Jun 2008 12:29 am (Report this annotation)

I would imagine that a license will do nothing to prevent the use of recordings for satirical purposes.