Opposition mounts to UK's Digital Economy Bill
Posted in: Government & Policy at 01/04/2010 15:15
The government has published a new draft of a controversial clause in the Digital Economy bill, in an effort to ease its progress through parliament.
The Liberal Democrats said they will oppose any plans to rush the Digital Economy bill into law.
The bill faces its second reading in the House of Commons next week.
That new Digital Economy bill clause: what will it actually do?
The government has published the Digital Economy bill's replacement Clause 18 (because 17 was killed off by the Liberal Democrat and Conservative peers, but they are now going to let it all slip away).
Now the challenge is figuring out what it actually means, and what it changes.
Government re-introduces controversial site-blocking powers
Courts will be able to force ISPs to block all UK access to websites that are suspected of being involved, or even likely to be involved, in copyright infringing behaviour under just-published Government plans.
The Government has amended the controversial Digital Economy Bill to adopt many of the measures previously proposed by Conservative and Liberal peers but later withdrawn. One expert has said that the plans give courts the power to block "any site on the internet'".