Controversial amendment 120A – the one that would allow rightsowners to demand that infringing websites be blocked by ISPs – is being further modified in response to fierce criticism from the internet industry. The revised version would require copyright owners to pay legal costs and compensation for such requests, and also to inform site owners before requesting a block, with a list of infringing works. Sites would also be able to appeal against being blocked. Equally controversially, Billboard says that the original amendment is “almost identical” to a draft written by the BPI – implying that it was cut’n’pasted into the amendment by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Clement-Jones.
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