Monday, November 21, 2011

We had no evidence for DEAct, UK gov’t confesses

We had no evidence for DEAct, UK gov’t confesses:
In an astonishingly frank admission, a key civil servant who worked on the Digital Economy Act (DE Act) has revealed that the UK government did not gather any evidence to support the copyright enforcement policies. They just relied on statistics supplied by the rights-holders. Worse still, civil servants were not able to assess how those statistics were compiled – because the rights-holders weren’t willing to let them. Finally, in a damming indictment of the civil service processing of the DE Act, he let slip that they were just trying to make “the best brick they could, with what straw they could find”...