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Results 1–20 of 1964 for speaker:Siôn Simon

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: I am sorry to interrupt the hon. Gentleman so early in his remarks, but we all know that the Government can get the Bill through only if the official Opposition support it wholeheartedly, especially in the House of Lords. Surely that is a bit like trying to have his cake and eat it at the same time.

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: But is it not the case that after a year, and lots of letters, people will get a first right of appeal to the Ofcom appeal body and then a second right of appeal to a first-tier tribunal, which is a judicial body? That is a court. Why do people keep saying that there will be no court appeal? There are two appeals, the second of which is judicial.

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: I apologise for arguing with my hon. Friend the Member for West Bromwich, East (Mr. Watson) through my hon. Friend, but going back to his assertion about people not getting their day in court, I repeat that the second appeal is to a first-tier tribunal, which is a judicial body. Why do people keep saying, "We want our day in court"? They will get their day in court if they insist on breaking...

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: Has the hon. Gentleman noticed that the people who argue that these measures are far too draconian are the ones who, when we say that we are just going to send letters, say, "Oh, that won't work-just sending them letters. They won't take any notice"?

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: If someone has a relationship with BT and does not pay their bill, what happens? What is the process, as a rule?

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: In common with my hon. Friend the Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey (Derek Wyatt), this will be the last time I speak in the House. It would be fair to describe my feelings as bitter-sweet. When I was a Minister, I had some input into some aspects of the Bill, but I largely inherited it from Stephen Carter. The "Digital Britain" White Paper was published in the week I became a Minister. I...

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: It is not those people who couch the metaphor in these terms; I am articulating the metaphor, but the underlying truth is exactly how they seek to characterise the debate. It is very misleading, although it serves them very well. It is Spielberg and George Lucas who are the enemy, along with Andrea Arnold, Shane Meadows and talented, not rich, low-budget British film makers. Yes, the Beatles...

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: 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...

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: No, it does not criminalise anybody; all it does is simply seek to enforce the existing law. We should, however, be very careful that the Bill does not have the unintended consequence of bringing about the end of public wi-fi. I was assured by the experts in the various Departments involved in this legislation that there were clearly existing technical measures that made it perfectly possible...

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: Obviously, I do not claim to know what the technical measures are, but when I am told that they exist, I take it in good faith that they do exist, and unless my hon. Friend can prove to me that they do not exist-

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: My hon. Friend cannot prove that to me, however, as I am not going to give way to him again because I have not got the time.

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: Very briefly.

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: I agree, but my point is that it is not an either/or choice. We need fundamental reform and a whole new system of licensing. We need to legislate for sharing, and in future we need to do things in a different way that allows people to reshape, reuse and remix content.

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: Yes, and we need to share in the way that we legislate, but that does not mean that we abrogate the existing law as if copyright and ownership all of a sudden mean nothing in this country.

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: I will give way for 10 seconds.

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: This Bill is not about cutting people off from the internet. There is a very long process for that, which takes at least a year-probably more, in fact. People get letter after letter, then there are two appeals, the second of which is to a judicial tribunal. It is very unlikely that anybody will be cut off as a result of this legislation. If they are cut off, they will be the most...

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: The hon. Gentleman is very kind; I do not deserve such kindness, but he is a very old friend of mine, and I can only imagine that that is the explanation for it. In conclusion, let me just say to Stephen Carter, "Respec'"-Members will note that I did not pronounce the "t", as I believe one is not supposed to do so-on an outstanding piece of work. Obviously, this is not the perfect Bill, but...

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: On all counts, I am very grateful and stand roundly corrected. Let me just say in conclusion that this is a big and important Bill that addresses a massive part of our economy-it is a bigger part of our economy than of any other major economy in the world. Some of the Bill's provisions are about people's moral rights, but others are about people's jobs and livelihoods, our national prosperity...

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: I suspect that the hon. Gentleman may agree with me. Does he not think that the choice between creativity and internet freedom is a false one? The freedom to take other people's content is not real freedom.

Business of the House: Digital Economy Bill [ Lords] (6 Apr 2010)

Siôn Simon: Will my hon. Friend give way on that point?


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