Digital Economy Act By The Back Door

Internet Service Providers are being asked to create a database of customers suspected of downloading music, films and books without a license. Those identified on the database could then be disconnected or face legal action.

Measures to combat digital piracy will also be discussed at a Downing Street breakfast on 12 September to which record-label bosses and the music industry lobby, have been invited.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

"The content industry seems intent on turning Internet Service Providers in to the music NSA, forcing them to act against their interests and those of their customers. Having failed to follow through on the Digital Economy Act after pressure from civil society, they now want to skip the legal approach and get ISP's to do the policing on their own. This will be an unwarranted intrusion, with no clear positive outcome."

"The BPI apparently wants to take advantage of Cameron's current wish to blame the Internet for everything. The government's digital policy making is in chaos. We need clarity from the coalition. Do they back site blocking or not? Do they back throwing entire households off the Internet or not? Until there are some answers, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats can have no credibility on digital policy."

Monday, 2 September, 2013 - 15:45
Loz Kaye
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