Government discusses blocking copyright infringing websites

Government discusses blocking copyright infringing websites  

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey has held talks behind closed doors with rights holders and ISPs about introducing web blocking for sites that breach copyright

If web blocking measures are put in place, ISPs would have to put a blanket ban on people visiting sites such as The Pirate Bay; a move both consumer rights groups and ISPs say is technically unworkable.

Service providers are concerned about the extra costs they will have to bear, and have warned that they could lead to higher bills for consumer broadband services.

Consumer groups fear that such measures would lead to ISPs eventually deciding to block other sites, such as the BBC’s iPlayer unless customers pay a premium to keep access.

Source: ComputerActive

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