UK communications minister Ed Vaizey continues to try to build bridges between rightsholders and ISPs, with his latest effort the suggestion for a system that would see ISPs voluntarily blocking sites facilitating online piracy. The Financial reports that a meeting was held last week to discuss the plans with creative industry bodies, ISPs and search engine firms, with a follow-up scheduled for May. “The government hosted a useful discussion between ISPs and rights holders on issues around a voluntary site-blocking system to help tackle online copyright infringement,” a DCMS spokesperson tells the FT. More research is currently being undertaken into how technically feasible this kind of site-blocking would be, how much it will cost, and how the legal liabilities will pan out.

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