Mar 182010
 March 18, 2010  Posted by  Featured News, Laws, Non-U.S., Online

Emma Woollacott reports:

Britain’s House of Lords has approved a bill allowing the government to shut down illegal file-sharers. Music companies are delighted.

But British Telecom, Google and Facebook aren’t: they think illegal file-sharers should be fined, rather than cut off. Last week, in a letter to the Financial Times, they said the proposed amendment would allow websites to be blocked without cases even reaching a judge.

And human rights groups agree that it’s unacceptable. “The [music industry organization] BPI is waging a war on every citizen in the country by demanding disconnection,” says the Open Rights Group’s Jim Killock.

Read more on TG Daily.

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