Lord Lucas Says Record Labels are Blackmailing Users

Slashdot shares Lucas’ remarks. He says that the labels are taking advantage of the evidentiary hurdles for those accused to prove their innocence to conduct legal blackmail. Does this mean Parliament is getting the procedural problems and wonky legal theories pushed by the recording industry as the poster suggests? I’m not so sure.

Lord Lucas as been an outspoken critic of the record companies, I think it may be a stretch to suggest his opinions are representative of the rest of the House of Lords let alone Parliament. Guilt upon accusation has also been a facet of many initiatives pushed by the labels. It figures most notoriously in the now global efforts to enshrine three strikes into law.

While I am skeptical at this point, I am optimistic that Lucas’s remarks may spark a wider debate and certainly support his continued efforts in this vein.

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