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Saturday, 25 February 2012

The Great TV Licence Scam

Hats off to YouTube radio programme host Samuel William for publishing a revealing insight into how powerless TV Licensing actually are.

The law requires that a licence is obtained for any device that is "installed or used" for "receiving or recording a television programme at the same time (or virtually the same time) as it is received by members of the public". If you need a licence then we suggest you get one. If you're one of the millions of people who don't need a licence then read on carefully.

Despite TV Licensing's intimidatory mailshots and scary doorstep utterances, they are pretty impotent unless the occupier co-operates with their requests for information. For this reason we always advise that you say nothing at all to TV Licensing. Ignore their letters and ignore their salesmen. Simply close the door and say nothing. 

The BBC, who depend on the licence fee for survival, would happily let everyone live under the misapprehension that they had to co-operate with TV Licensing requests for information. Bollocks do they. No-one is under any legal obligation at all to assist TV Licensing in their immoral and illegal crusade to victimise the legitimately TV-free.

Samuel's 15-minute long video begins by looking at TV Licensing propaganda, which he describes as "not being out of place if it was playing on a telly screen in the background of the film Nineteen Eighty-Four". He then picks apart TV Licensing's routine threatogram correspondence before discussing how to deal with them on the doorstep. Our famous Freedom of Information Act request, confirming detection evidence has never been presented in court, also gets an airing. The only thing we're slightly concerned about is the last minute, where Samuel describes what happens in the courtroom if you are prosecuted - that's a situation that should never arise if you take our advice never to speak to TV Licensing.

Samuel's video is definitely worth a watch and please tell others. I just hope it doesn't get deleted from YouTube for any reason.


Anonymous said...

One giant sequoia tree provides enough paper for one days' worth of their pseudothreat letters.

Anonymous said...

Watching BBC iplayer live as it is being broadcast resricts some shows such as Family Guy. There are many more shows that BBC iplayer restricts. By restriction is meant that you can only watch these restricted shows via a TV set. Therefore, why should one pay for a TV Licence for not being able to watch some shows watching live BBC iplayer as it is being broadcast? The BBC TV licencing threatening letters for not having a TV licence statements are clearly contradictory to what the real world BBC iplayer as it is being broadcast dictates. So, if you only watch BBC iplayer live as it is being broadcast and not a TV set, when a BBC TV licence agent next calls round to your home, simply state that, "yes I do watch BBC iplayer live as it is being broadcast and I refuse to buy a TV licence on the grounds that you are trying to force my to buy a TV licence for a service that I cannot fully receive". By law if taken to court, a judge has to rule in your favour based on the fact that by watching BBC iplayer as it is being broadcast, you are resricted to not watching a TV show compared to watching it on a TV set. If a judge refuses to except this then you have good grounds to take your case to the high courts. If the high court refuse to except your case then you can take your case to the European Court of Human Rights stating that your human rights have been breached by being ordered by a judge to pay for a service that you cannot fully receive.

Mark Davids said...

"A judge has to" wise up the police & courts are on TVLs side

Mark Davids said...

Never believe the Police are neutral on this
Coppers are thick & should fund TVL themselves

loose-spark said...

Note that TV licensing now restricts us from watching iPlayer on demand content as well as iPlayer live broadcasts.