Behind the music: Mark Thomas is wrong to oppose the digital economy bill | Music | guardian.co.uk
In his recent Culture Show feature, the campaigning comedian seemed more concerned with pushing his own agenda rather than listening to alternative viewpoints
A couple of weeks ago I was approached by the BBC to be interviewed by Mark Thomas for a Culture Show piece on the digital economy bill (DEB). They said they wanted a female artist’s opinion on the part of the bill that deals with illegal downloading.
As I sat down with Thomas for the hour-long interview, it immediately became clear what his viewpoint was. He asked me if I thought cutting off alleged illegal filesharers from the internet without due process and any legal procedure was a draconian measure. I explained the bill states that copyright holders would not be able to obtain any personal information without a court order and up to 50 warning letters. Thomas said I was wrong and this wasn’t the case, with the producer backing him up.