The BPI has tabled amendments to the UK government’s Digital Economy bill that would introduce US-style DMCA takedown rights, but with no ‘safe harbour’ clause, according to The Register. It’s seen documents covering the introduction of a new clause, Section 97B, which it says “would be granted when an ISP had refused to take down infringing material”. The measures would replace the current bill’s Clause 17, and the BPI has said in a statement: “In light of the ongoing debate on the current draft of Clause 17, we thought it prudent to propose possible alternative approaches, including a straw-man s.97B. However, Clause 17 remains our favoured approach to address forms of online infringement other than P2P filesharing.” This and other amendments to the bill are being debated in the House of Lords.
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