LibDem to bring web-censorship to Britain?
The House of Lords are currently debating the UK Digital Economy Bill. First, they all have to read the manual to a computer and see if they can successfully switch the bloody thing on and then, once they've managed to send "an electronic letter" to another Lord, they'll be able to start unpicking the prickly subject of online copyright.
The LibDems are now getting involved and boy oh boy, they're making themselves look like real tools. Well... less useful than a tool, but you get the gist.
Lord Razzall and Lord Clement-Jones, have introduced an amendment that would open the door to nationally censoring entire websites on unsubstantiated claims of copyright infringement.
According to Cory Doctorow this could mean that YouTube or WordPress.com might disappear from the British Internet if someone makes a false accusation of copyright infringement against them.
How shit is that?
The Lords have asked for this clause to be inserted:
"97B Preventing access to specified online locations
(1) The High Court (in Scotland, the Court of Session) shall have power to grant an injunction against a service provider, requiring it to prevent access to online locations specified in the order of the Court."
There's more of their proposal to be found by clicking these differently coloured words. How you'd go about fairly implementing something like this is beyond me (granted, I'm as thick as your mum's custard).