Apr 16, 2010, 12:24PM

The Dictatorial Oppression of the Digital Economy Act

With the passage of the Digital Economy Act, the UK has enacted harsh penalties for online copyright violations. Remember a few years ago when Sen. Orin Hatch suggested that anyone who illegally downloaded anything should have their PC destroyed? Yeah, it's kind of like that.

Liberal Democrats are fighting for a repeal, while Cory Doctorow (BoingBoing) thinks the war is on. 

Meanwhile, comedian Nathaniel Tapley has his say. And 101Culture offers more round up.

With the rushed passage into law of the Digital Economy Act this month, the fight over copyright enters a new phase. Previous to this, most copyfighters operated under the rubric that a negotiated peace was possible between the thrashing entertainment giants and civil society.


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