Spuggiehawk: Act now, or Lose More Free Speech Rights!!!
For anyone in the UK, here's the e-mail I sent to my MP and how to find yours:
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I recently came across the very disturbing news that the authorities in Germany have decided to use some modified radio broadcasting regulations to include people running "live streaming channels" on the twitch.tv website.
Basically, they are claiming that because the channel is broadcasting gameplay, to a schedule, then the owner of the channel needs to pay the 1000 - 10,000 Euro license fee that a radio broadcaster would.
This is a cynical abuse of the regulations and in my opinion is actually an excuse to further attack independent content creators on the internet. It is undoubtedly the "thin end of the wedge" and would lead to the spread of such regulations beyond Germany and into the EU and beyond. The platforms covered would be expanded to include YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. etc. There can also be no doubt that the type of content that it covers will grow from just online gamers to other content too.
There is a very disturbing agenda being pursued very strongly at the moment to quash "fake news", under the guise of protecting the public from false or misleading information. I would point out that the organisations pushing this agenda have all demonstrated their lack of honesty, integrity, morals and ethics (mainstream news, social networking sites, Google and all their intelligence service backers).
I would like your assurance that if anything along these lines rears its ugly head in the UK parliament, that you will argue against it wherever it is mentioned and vote against it at every opportunity.
I look forward to your response.