Lib Con Government Won’t Repeal Digital Economy Bill
The controversial Digital Economy bill will not be repealed according to Conservative culture secretary Jermey Hunt. The act was passed before the election which is seen by many as an attack on internet freedom by giving content providers more power to shut off people’s internet.
Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg had previously said he’d repeal the act if he got in, but due to the coalition government it seems the Conservative line on the act has been maintained. Hunt told paidContent that they would wait and see how the act’s measures performed but clearly said that ‘œwe’re not going to repeal it.’
The act would give powers to copyright holders to send a report to ISPs who could then ask the government to place speed blocks, bandwidth shaping, site blocking or account suspension on the alleged copyright infringer. Problems occur however in the methods that copyright holders could use to root out infringers, which in America has led to dead people, a 66 year-old grandmother who supposedly downloaded rap records and even a household without a computer being targeted.
There’s been no word on the new government’s stand on the European Union’s ACTA bill, but I’d imagine that it’d be a similar stance.