An amendment to the British government’s Digital Economy Bill would allow the UK High Court to force ISPs to block specific websites accused of being havens for copyright infringement. There’s an attempt to balance the clause by stipulating that copyright holders must have made “reasonable efforts to facilitate legal access to content”, but the amendment looks set to be as controversial as attempts to force ISPs to block sites like The Pirate Bay have been in Italy, Denmark and other countries. “We don’t think it’s a good idea to introduce a fairly wide ranging amendment at such a late stage, given that it wasn’t something that parties were consulted on in the first place,” says a spokesperson for ISP trade body the ISPA. Source: The Register

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