We are receiving letters from the TV licensing authorities requesting access for an “inspection” visit.
We do not intend to let them in.
Any advice on how to persuade them, when they get a search warrent, that we do not watch TV on line?
Where is a good source of sharpenned bamboo stakes and what is the best cover for our trap as it is under the Magnolia tree and we need access for the postman and our delightful upstairs neighbour and her plumber?
it appears that the actual use of a computer to watch television programmes delivered by the Internet, and originating within UK jurisdiction, requires a TV licence. There are some who believe that there is a difference between downloading and storing material, and watching it in real time by streaming. While there may be differences as regards intellectual property law, there does not appear to be a difference for licencing purposes.
I guess trying to persuade them that you do not watch BBC programmes on your computer would be akin to a television owner using the ‘but I only watch ITV line’ - you are technically capable of watching BBC content and this is enough justification for them to insist that you are licensed.It’s kind of weird having ‘auntie’ BBC going all Stasi on your ass!
Using vietcong style guerilla tactics might escalate the situation Jetstream. The licensing inspectors will probably feel compelled to draw upon the full resources of the state to ensure that you are unable to set a dangerous precedent by watching ‘masterchef’ and the like without a licence.
If you were victorious, your success might cause a ‘domino effect’ throughout the land, thousands of people, inspired by your resistance, would not pay their licence fee - thus depriving the BBC of the resources it needs to make artistic and cultural triumphs like ‘Eastenders’.
However, if you do intend on taking this course of action, I advise you to start digging an elaborate system of tunnels, well stocked with supplies - enough to allow you to sustain an insurgency campaign lasting ten years (roughly the time period it took the vietcong and NVA to dislodge the U.S. from south Vietnam).
Simple solution is to place your sharp stick at your rear entrance and send the inspector there, on the pretext that your front door doesn’t work. This is assuming you have a rear entrance. I also recommend lubricating said stick for added penetrative capability.
This way the lady upstairs gets her plumbing safely seen to via the front entrance.
Thanks Sid, for the tunnelling advice, we had not got to that yet, the fact is though that we DON’T “set a dangerous precedent by watching ‘masterchef’ and the like without a licence” - We really do not watch TV at all, anything. Seems a bit drastic to dig in.
Lovely idea, thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately we do not have a rear entrance to play with.
Might suggest to them something to do with their own rear entrances if they come round when we are at home. (So far the notices keep being delivered when we are out, saying “We said we’d call, and we have” etc - quite menacing).
Yes Jetstream - it is annoying - I totally believe that you never watch the medium - unfortunately the BBc is rather conceited on this issue and can’t seem to get it’s head around the fact that some people actually have better things to do with their time than watch TV. The automatic presumption towards ‘guilt’ is rather unfortunate. You have my sympathy mate!
Well two can play at that. You should put an equally menacing sign up on your front door saying “IF YOU ARE A TV LICENCE INSPECTOR AND YOU KNOCK ON THIS DOOR OR LEAVE A NOTE, I WILL KILL YOU.” It works for me.
Shhhhhh Sid, mums the word, Mrs Jetstream doesnt know Ive pumped out the old shelter from the Cuban missile crisis (replete with Buena Vista Social Club on 78s) Ive dug a new entrance under the new wardrobes protected by a pit of "Spitting trouser snakes". Havnt told Mrs JS as she`s very law abiding.
But seriously we dont watch TV and need advice on what to do if they come round when shes home alone.
If the inspector signed the note legibly and has a slightly unusual name, you can trace where they live on www.192.com then you can hand deliver the notes back to them to tell them in person that you don’t have a tv. I’m sure 40 or 50 of us would be happy to come with you to give you “moral support”.
They won’t get a search warrant and you’re not obliged to let them in or even talk to them. Ignore the letters, they will never stop but like a dog with no teeth, carries on biting even when it has no effect.