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Net piracy proposals protest song explodes on the web

Stephen Fry encourages views by tweeting about the track

A protest song that launches an attack on the government's plan to tackle internet piracy has received thousands of views after Stephen Fry proclaimed his love for the track on Twitter.

Only Idiots Assume, which was written by Londoner Liam Mullone and sung by his friend Hils Barker, was picked a the winning entry in TalkTalk's 'Sing Our Petition' competition, which hoped to demonstrate the depth of public feeling about the Government's 'misguided 'proposals for a competition.

The Digital Economy Bill, which has not yet come into force in the UK, has been heavily backed by Lord Peter Mandelson.

It sets out 'three strikes' rule, under which potential offenders will receive warning letters and emails designed to educate them on their wrong-doing. Should they continue to offend, web users will then face disconnection from the web.

Comedian Fry, who's an avid user of the micro-blogging service, has often voiced his opinion against the government's proposals.

"I am insanely in love with Only Idiots Assume," he said.

"It's got the anger, the wit, the musical skill - all in a wonderful package that reminds me of the high days of my youth when punk roamed the land and the young were angry and funny and spunky and spiky."

Mullone, who described the entry as a "ska-punk reply to Peter Mandelson", said he sympathises with any artist who gets discouraged at the thought of not making a living.

"However, assuming that people with high download volumes are stealing stuff is like calling someone a witch because they have a black cat. It's a medieval premise," he added.

TalkTalk has been campaiging against the internet piracy proposals for some time and even started a petition on the Number 10 website against the plans, which has so far received over 32,000 signatures.

"We wanted to tap into the outstanding creativity of the Great British public to send a clear message to the Government - these laws won't work and people don't want them," said TalkTalk's Andrew Heaney.

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