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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Government Concerned If Site Filtering Is Possible

UK Government Concerned If Site Filtering Is Possible

UK Government Concerned If Site Filtering Is Possible

Added: Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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The UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) is going to review the country’ copyright law to find out whether the provision demanding broadband providers to block websites alleged of copyright violation could even work in practice. Besides, it questioned how easy that would be for site owners and Internet users to circumvent the law.


Ofcom recently announced its plans to review the requirement for Internet service providers to block access to websites if their “substantial portion” violates copyright. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt started the discussion, asking the authorities to determine if website filtering was even “possible.” He pointed out that the UK government should create the right conditions for business growth, including providing the businesses with the tools to protect their investment products. Jeremy Hunt also emphasized the importance of the creative economy. Unfortunately, he turned to industry-based figures to estimate its losses, though the actual estimations are much lower, because entertainment industry claims a 1:1 lost sale ratio for the sole purpose of making losses seem much higher.

However, Culture Secretary is right to raise this question. If even Chinese totalitarian regime can’t manage to block access to unauthorized services 100% of the time, then what can the United Kingdom hope to have? Having the tools like VPNs, proxy servers and more, subscribers can bypass ISP-level filters without any effort. Hunt said that before the government considers introducing website blocking, it needs to know if such measures are even possible. Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, also explained that the review in question is intended to find out whether the government has the right instruments to address online piracy, so Ofcom will determine if website filtering can work.

Meanwhile, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) keeps insisting that website blocking is “essential” to tackle digital piracy. The main problem is that some of the services it calls to block, like cyberlockers, are fully legal in the country they’re based.

It will be interesting to see whether the UK will start blocking erstwhile legal websites. If so, this practice could be seized upon by such totalitarian regimes as Iran, searching for an excuse to block services they don’t approve of.

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Date:  Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

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posted by (2011-02-04 11:45:39)
iwillkillall avatarjeremy hunt and nick clegg are dicks...nuff said

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