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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Reputation is under Risk because of Site Blocking

UK Reputation is under Risk because of Site Blocking

UK Reputation is under Risk because of Site Blocking

Added: Saturday, March 13th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
UK ISPs join filmmakers, consumer advocates, MPs, and websites like Facebook, Google and Ebay in a letter to the House of Lords where they criticize Amendment 120A to the Digital Economy Bill enforcing ISPs to block suspected websites.

This Amendment 120A assumes giving courts the authority to prevent access to those online locations that are specified in the Court’s order for the obviation of online copyright infringement, together with the threat of injunctions against ISPs having the knowledge that another person uses their service for copyright infringement, but having failed either to prevent such copyright infringing content to be accessed at the particular online locations or to take rational steps in order to remove such content from the online location.

The matter is that the amendment does not specify exactly how Internet Service Providers have to verify the claims regarding copyright infringement or the means of appeal. Looks like ISPs have to establish new detective departments for this purpose. Moreover, some site operators can be erroneously accused of copyright infringement and so falsely sanctioned by ISP.

There are also no requirements in the amendment concerning the site operators to be notified before a copyright owner’s claim for injunction against the site. The only thing looking like notification they can get is just taking rational steps to prevent or delete infringing content. However, nobody knows what is supposed to happen if the operators do not even suspect the existence of infringing content, as there’s no procedure developed for them to make their own case or at least to appeal the findings. They just have to be accused of copyright infringement and this will make them run afoul of the law.

Blocking access according to this clause will disrupt the Internet in the country and the whole world and also threaten the right of free speech and reputation of UK, but won’t reduce copyright infringement as it is intended.

The open letter is now signed by CEOs of Orange, Virgin Media and BT Group; representatives of Universities of Glasgow, London and Leicester; directors of EU Facebook, UK and Ireland Google and Yahoo!, UK eBay, Consumer Focus and Open Rights Group; chairmen of Talk Talk Group, ISP Association and Shooting People independent film makers, and even Stephen Fry.

March 13th, 2010

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Date:  Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-03-13 21:53:13)
KazzGirl avatarReally - When will these cossetted idiots in government recognise that by banning something it only makes those who can get it even stronger. We will just think of better ways to get our "stuff". We will and always will be three steps ahead of these governmental fools, quite simply because we think more laterally and are willing to step out of our comfort zones and open ourselves up to new ways of doing things. Something politicians and high level government officials cannot do! And because they cant do this simple act of lateral thinking they would rather take the approach of - "what we dont understand or want, we will kill and or destroy". I mean honestly - how are we to become a better society when those who are supposedly in power keep killing off new ways of doing things. If it was up to the powers that be, we would all be in the dark ages of medievel times under total control of the church. Not that I have anything against the church.

All we can hope is someone out there in political land takes hold of this crappy piece of legislation and sees it for what it is - The government trying to control what it cant understand and fears.

posted by (2010-03-13 22:45:29)
No avatarAs Usuall lol !!!!

posted by Blocked (2010-03-14 02:17:33)
menahunie avatarLooks Like everyone is missing the point.
It is all about money and control.
The "COMPANIES" that scream about copyright infringement are going into the toilet NOT because of P2P users; BUT because software writers, Musicians, Artists and much much more are saying BITE ME to these Companies RIAA and MPAA as an example and distributing directly to you and I via the internet.
All the Companies are are MIDDLEMEN taking huge profits off the originator of the product and the end user YOU...
They hear that economic toilet being flushed on them due to being cut out and not getting a piece of the pie..
I write software and KNOW it will get pirated; but I don't use some A$$HOLE company to promote it then charge you and I an arm an a leg for their lousy service.. I sell it direct at a very very fair price.

posted by (2010-03-14 08:08:45)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarthanks for the article

posted by Site Friend (2010-03-14 11:03:46)
magiccrack avatarNice read!

Executives always make more than the ppl who actually do the work, it happens everywhere.

The government trying to control what it cant understand and fears. Dito!

posted by (2010-03-14 11:17:24)
Flibbertyjig avatarOnce again, another example of the Government playing 'Big Brother' with it's minions!!!!!!!. Politicians and The Government were created to voice the opinions of the Electorate! over the recent decades though, it's become glaringly apparent Politicians are only in it for what they can get from it. Politicians = Puppets for Capitalists!! ........... Regain the Power! commence the Chaos! Start Up The Revolution!

posted by ET junkieET lover (2010-03-14 14:15:51)

posted by (2010-03-15 00:02:04)
darren1974 avatari live in the uk and everyday somthing happens or changes
thanks sam

posted by (2010-03-15 13:27:25)
BenjaWiz avatarThe UK Government needs to stop listening to the U.S.A as things will only get worse for the britts as it is here.

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