UK communications regulator Ofcom has been asked to review a specific section of the Digital Economy Act – the clause that could force ISPs to block access to websites hosting copyright-infringing content. “I have no problem with the principle of blocking access to websites used exclusively for facilitating illegal downloading of content,” says culture secretary Jeremy Hunt. “But it is not clear whether the site blocking provisions in the Act could work in practice so I have asked Ofcom to address this question. Before we consider introducing site-blocking we need to know whether these measures are possible.” Ofcom’s investigation will run alongside the already-announced judicial review into the DEA itself.

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