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Hi all,

If any of you are out near England's way, I was reading in this magazine that there is some new law in the UK that says if any more than 5 people in a group are caught listening to "repetitive beat music" they will go to jail?

What kind of cacca maimy rule is that!?!?!?

I almost laughed my head off, they can't be serious, can they?

Please let me know if this is real or not :)



Actually its true - it goes under the name of the Criminal Justice Act.

Its also illegal within the European Constitution. but when did we ever listen to the Europeans ?

Its even more bizarre than that when you get into the nitty gritty:

It is illegal to:

Gathering together or making preparations for, the broadcasting of music (defined as the amplification of repetive beats) in a public place.

Attending a rave (where rave is defined as a gathering of people for the intention of listening to broadcast music (see above for definition)

Gathering together of 5 or more people, without previous licence for any purpose within a public place, (especially for the listening of broadcast music and for purposes of demonstration)

.. which is all kind of funny really - England is one of the few places left in the world where you need permission to demonstrate against something - what the fuck is that all about ?

In actual fact - the Criminal Justice act is being fought within the European courts, and the last I heard, the British Government lost. However, this doesn't mean a thing, the government still went and did its thing.

There are a couple of more disturbing laws going through our parliament just now:

the authorities have the right to close down a club or licensed event immediately if they have suspicion that drugs are being dealt on within the event. No right of appeal.

( this would mean that even if the organizers worked closely with the authorities, there is no guarantee that this will prevent the act from being invoked - in many clubs the police are already preparing their cases and I've even noticed undercover operations spoiling the atmosphere in venues.)

The police have the right to bug homes and individuals and use private surveillance techniques without recourse to the courts, if there is a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity..



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