Digital Economy Bill [ Lords]

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 6:50 pm on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Siôn Simon Siôn Simon Labour, Birmingham, Erdington 6:50 pm, 6th April 2010

It would be un-humble for me to comment on that, but I shall take it as the compliment I assume to have been intended.

It does not follow from the great need we have for reform that it is wrong to enforce the current law. Unlawful downloading is already illegal and has been for a long time. Copyright is not dead just because of the internet. Ownership is not old hat. Regulating the internet is not Luddite or immoral or stupid. It is technically possible, morally right and economically necessary. The fundamental issue here is the correct response to widespread lawbreaking. The answer is not to abrogate the law; the answer is to enforce the law, and that is what these measures do.

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