UK business supremo Lord Mandelson has gone into print to defend the government’s plans to strengthen the measures against file-sharers outlined in the Digital Britain report earlier this year. “While I am still something of a novice when it comes to streaming and downloads, I have been around long enough to know that piracy is wrong,” he writes in The Times. He goes on to stress the need for legal alternatives to piracy, that internet suspension will only be considered “as the sanction of last resort… driven by rights holders reporting activity on public file-sharing websites rather than service providers monitoring individuals” internet traffic”.

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