Tough new laws could mean net cuts for filesharers
The government are heading for a u-turn on their policy against file sharers – and it’s possibly all thanks to a slap-up dinner involving Peter Mandelson and an American media mogul.
New laws will be announced later today under which people who persistently download copyrighted material will have their Internet connections cut off, something which the government’s recent Digital Britain report judged to be too harsh.
However earlier this month, Lord Mandelson pitched up at a dinner party in Corfu where David Geffen, co-founder of Dreamworks, was one of the guests. Naturally, Geffen is a long-standing critic of online piracy, and rumours have persisted that following the meeting, Mandelson started to put his tough new plan into action.
Under the new proposals, regular offenders could have their connection more or less shut off, leaving them with access to the most basic of online public services. A similar plan was hatched in France recently, but was scrapped after it was ruled to be unconstitutional.
The number of holes that could potentially appear in a law such as this are astronomical, so will it work? And is UK law really being dictated by non-UK businessmen at swanky dinner parties in foreign climes? Well, almost certainly yes - if not in this case then almost definitely in many others. It makes you want to eat your own vest.