We knew that ISPs weren’t too keen on the clause in the UK government’s Digital Economy bill that allows ministers to change UK copyright law without primary legislation. But now four of the biggest web companies have joined the battle. Google, Yahoo, Facebook and eBay have written to business secretary Lord Mandelson expressing “grave concerns” at the bill. “The industry as a whole had hoped that the outcome of Digital Britain would be a clear, workable set of principles by which the industry could operate,” says the letter. “On the contrary, Clause 17 creates uncertainty for consumers and businesses and puts at risk the UK’s leading position in a digital Europe… This clause is so wide that it could put at risk legitimate consumer use of current technology as well as future developments”. Source: Financial Times
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