Government amend Digital Economy Bill clause


The Digital Economy Bill has irritated as many people as it's bored to the point of prescription pills.

For those who are irritated by it, there's some news for you to be thrilled or suspicious about.

Basically, for those wondering what this is all about, the thing that's been bugging people is Clause 18 - that's the one where the people who own the copyright to something being given the power to force ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to block websites that they think are guilty of widespread copyright infringement.

Basically, that would make our elected government the bitch of the recording industry and anyone putting tunes on a website (whether they've got permission or not) could face site closure or legal proceedings.

Now the government has published a replacement Clause 18 in an attempt to say "we're listening, honest we are", just before we all start voting in a general election.

In short, this new clause says that courts will now have to consider the effect on legitimate uses and users of sites before granting an injunction. This means that YouTube should be pretty much safe from harm.

Also, ISPs won't have to cough up coins for court costs. This means that people like BT (or whoever) are more unlikely to agree on blocking websites until there's a proper court hearing.

Have a look at this article, with attached PDFs written by Peter Mandelson explaining the new developments. Feel free to pick them to pieces and show your findings in the comments... if you can be arsed.


  • dunfyboy
    I don't know who in the record industry is giving it to Mandy but he must be a hell of a good shag.
  • Rolly
    This video on YouTube says it all:
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