Small blogs not to be classed as ‘relevant publishers’ – for now


O/T considering the coverage of the false flags going on at the moment, but there’s an update on the blog regulation attempt in the UK:

http://order-order.com/2013/04/19/government-tells-evan-harris-to-blog-off/

EXTRACT:

“The government has announced that for-profit blogs which make less than £2 million will be exempt from the new system of press regulation and there would also be an exemption for blogs with fewer than 10 employees under the amendments to the Crime and Courts Bill. Which leaves plenty of room for Guido to expand his operations…”

Here’s the link to the UK Government site:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/leveson-new-proposals-to-ensure-small-blogs-are-exempt-from-press-self-regulation

EXTRACTS (emphasis added):

“The amendments, which have cross-party agreement, make clear that small blogs will not be classed as ‘relevant publishers’, and be considered by the House of Commons on Monday April 22.”

and:

“The amendments clarify the government’s position on small blogs by further defining the exemption for blogs that are classed as ‘micro-businesses’ – business with fewer than 10 employees and an annual turnover below £2 million. This is the definition used by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.”

One way of looking at it is that the regulation attempt has failed, despite the best efforts of Common Purpose and its various stooges/front groups (Leveson, Media Standards Trust, Hacked Off, etc) that led to the original horribly-drafted Royal Charter. It was completely unworkable and would have been subject to all kinds of challenges. 

Another way of looking at it is that as they have now come up with a definition of what websites are to be exempted, then they can amend that definition whenever they want in the future, with or without another manufactured crisis/problem-reaction-solution scenario to “assist” the process. (It would still be unworkable and subject to challenge though.)

Previous:

http://the-tap.blogspot.com/2013/03/blog-off.html
http://the-tap.blogspot.com/2013/03/bloggers-targeted-by-new-regulations.html
http://the-tap.blogspot.com/2013/03/tap-audience-is-global-and-is-not-news.html
http://the-tap.blogspot.com/2013/02/guns-and-websites-government-want-them.html 

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