Tough new laws could mean net cuts for filesharers

25 August 2009

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.

TOPICS:   Technology

15 comments

  • Zleet
    It's probably not a good idea to piss off the Nerds. I can see months of attacks on government websites.
  • AndyM
    I hope Mandelson's recent surgery on his cock really hurt.
  • mustafa
    @ Zleet; Yea, if they do go ahead with these laws, I hope the "nerds" get pissed off and constantly cyber attack the gouvernment until they yield.
  • fuzzchopz
    Didn't the European Union already rule that a law such as this couldn't happen.
  • Gus
    The Chinese selling "DBD" on my local ASDA car park aprove this law!
  • AndyM
    Why doesn't Mandelson introduce some new laws against mortgage fraud? Oh, hang on.......
  • Inquisitor
    Hmm, how can they detect if the material being d/l'd is copyrighted or not?
  • The B.
    Well done Mandy, that'll stop 'em, ever heard of war driving? Or unsecured wireless networks? Or even (and I know this will come as a shock) free wireless in cafe's, bars and hotels? Rhymes with cupid runt.
  • Nathan
    If the Internet is as vital as water or gas as Gordon Brown says, surely cutting off someone's connection is a little harsh? http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article6506136.ece This is just another intrusion into our lives be the Government, they already log every email, phone call and SMS message you send, now they want to inspect all the data on your Internet connection just to make sure you're not downloading some shitty Dreamworks flick?
  • Fliesinteeth
    Yet another attack on the downloaders. What about the hundreds of people 'legitimately' selling second hand cds, dvds, videos, books, magazines, etc. Does that not come under the same legislation. Why is nothing being done against these 'criminals' Turn off broadband - stop paying for it. We'll see how long it lasts.
  • Mike U.
    I fucking hate this man, I'm gonna hack into his wireless network and download Toy Story (Adult Version)
  • Rubisco
    Yawn. A 'proposal' is nothing. Stupid things get proposed in the house of commons every day. Unlawful things. Unpopular things that have no chance of being voted in. Yes, voted in, by MPs, you know, like how parliament actually works? Sith Lord Mandelson is not our Emperor yet!
  • anonymouse
    I thought it was uploading that was illegal? AFAIK downloading is legal as long as youa ren't uploading it at the same time?
  • Illegal B.
    [...] been hearing for weeks about the Government’s plans to disconnect internet users who indulge in a spot of illegal file-sharing, which according to some have more gaping holes than [...]
  • Digital B.
    [...] piece of proposed legislation, skewed by ‘lobbying’ from the creative industries (and non-UK citizen David Geffen, while playing host to Lord Mandelson on his big yacht) could have a massive effect on how the Internet is used in the UK but it was rushed through almost [...]

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