Is the government making fools out of us with the Digital Economy Bill?
Join us on Thursday evening in Manchester City Centre for a flashmob protest against this ill-conceived legislation!
Just bring yourself and some black tape to censor yourself with.
The exact location will be announced (at 5pm) just before we begin, sign up for a ticket and we'll let you know
What is the Digital Economy Bill?
The DEB is a new piece of legislation that's being forced through parliament without debate. The DEB's aim is to stop copyright infringement on the internet, but it does so at a horrific cost to our civil liberties. Under this legislation you will be assumed guilty and may be disconnect from the internet unless you pay to have an appeal in front of a tribunal - not a court.
Why are we protesting?
The DEB has been written at the behest of the media industry (some clauses were actually written by the BPI) with absolutely no regard for anybody else. Not only is this bill horrendously flawed, it is being rushed through parliament without debate using a process known as "wash up", which was intended for use on uncontroversial bills.