Anti-Internet Piracy Bill Passed Quickly by U.K. Government Anti-Internet Piracy Bill Passed Quickly by U.K. Government

The U.K. government passed the controversial ‘Digital Economy’ bill after only 2 hours of debate on the floor of the House of Commons. Although the bill endured expected resistance from Liberal Democrat and Labour party members, an unexpected amount of support from Conservative party members brought an overwhelming vote of 189 to 47 allowing the bill to be passed into law before Parliament could dissolve.
The ‘Digital Economy’ bill seeks to prevent and minimize online piracy by regulating the penalties that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) enforce on their subscribers. Namely, in the most serious cases, ISPs would be forced to suspend the accounts of subscribers that are found to repeatedly download copyrighted material. The original bill intended to require that ISPs block access to websites that are found to provide illegal access to copyrighted material. While that part of the bill was removed before its final approval, it was replaced with a similar amendment allowing the Secretary of State for Business to block any such site.
While the bill does not assert any severe financial threats on pirates and providers of copyrighted content, the speed and enthusiasm with which the bill was passed is an unmistakeable gesture by the U.K. government stating its opposition to internet piracy.



One Response about “Anti-Internet Piracy Bill Passed Quickly by U.K. Government”

  • evanlee says:

    In related news, bricks from the berlin wall are being recycled to build the new ISP regulation agency….