One of the bones of contention around the UK government’s plans to tackle online piracy is the threat of suspending people’s internet access purely on the basis of accusations of persistent file-sharing. However, Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has responded to the concerns by saying the courts will be involved. “It wouldn’t just happen on the basis of an accusation,” he says. “Firstly there would need to be a court order for any of the technical measures.” There will also be a right of appeal. In separate news, Canada’s telecoms regulator has issued new guidelines allowing ISPs to throttle P2P traffic as a last resort, if economic measures like bandwidth caps fail to stop heavy users.

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