UK Free Speech Supporters Opposed Hunt Added: Monday, September 26th, 2011
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British free speech supporters called the idea of the country’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport “very dangerous”. They claimed that Jeremy Hunt was simply pushing new knee-jerk measures in order to pressure private entities into taking decisions about who is violating the law.
That actually means privatization of justice, according to executive director of the Open Rights Group. Jim Killock added that Jeremy Hunt also had committed to seeking evidence before developing copyright policy. The Open Rights Group has already filed a request asking for the evidence he had collected so far and the outfit is sure he hasn’t commissioned anything, simply providing unbalanced, lobby-driven suggestions.
As you know, the current British copyright legislation is able to force Internet service providers to block access to copyright infringing content. In addition, back in July the Motion Picture Association won a landmark High Court ruling against the British biggest broadband provider BT, which resulted in obligation of BT to block its subscribers’ access to a site providing links to pirated content.
The ruling in question was made under section 97A of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act. Nevertheless, this provision grants this kind of power to British courts only if the court had “actual knowledge” that a Doe defendant had used the service of ISP to violate copyright, but doesn’t exactly specify what purpose an injunction must serve. It implements the EU Copyright Directive’s requirements that the member states must make sure that copyright owners can apply for injunctions against such intermediaries as broadband providers, whose services facilitate copyright violation.
Although an option to implement new site censoring regulations under the Digital Economy Act was put aside last month, the experts believe that new regulations under the same law will be soon put into motion.
Meanwhile, Hunt also asked for enhanced measures for blocking access to offensive material in the Internet. He claimed that with the new legislation Internet service providers will ensure all their subscribers make a choice about parental controls. Jeremy Hunt believes that in our days, when consumers are freely switching from platform to platform, the government shouldn’t restrict ISPs from developing services following their customers from TV to web to smartphone to tablet.
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