Monday, March 15, 2010

Britain considers letting courts pull plug on sites with copyright infringement

The British Parliament is considering a bill to allow courts to order ISP’s to block access to sites offering pirated music or movies, according to a story in the New York Times Monday March 15 by Eric Pfanner, p. B4, link here, title "A Plan in Britain to Block Sites Offering Pirated Music".

Critics feel that the law could be abused to impose outright censorship, outside of areas of real copyright infringement. Britain still is libel laws that presume guilt on the part of the defendant, encouraging “libel tourism”. In the US, the DMCA “safe harbor” provision is said to be abused often by invalid claims of infringement, especially against music blogs. Other European countries like France consider “three strikes” laws resulting in loss of Internet service.

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