The controversial clause in the UK’s Digital Economy bill allowing the government to introduce new laws to tackle online piracy without requiring a parliamentary vote may be scrapped, according to Billboard. The government has now tabled amendments to the clause in response to criticism from both opposition politicians and the internet industry, which would only give it these rights if the threat of copyright infringement was “significant”, while allowing parliamentary scrutiny. The Department for Business denies it’s a climbdown. “The government remains squarely behind the aims of clause 17 – we would not have written it into the bill if we did not think it was needed,” says a statement.

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