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.