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We're dismayed by the U-turn on illegal filesharing announced today by Lord Mandelson. Barely two months after the publication of largely sensible and pragmatic measures to tackle the problem (in the Digital Britain Report) Lord Mandelson has, it seems, caved in under pressure from powerful lobbyists in the content industry.
Introducing measures such as disconnection at the instigation of the Secretary of State will sidestep proper scrutiny, likely breach fundamental human rights and result in innocent people being disconnected or, worse, prosecuted.
The regressive measures were agreed upon by Lord Mandlelson when he attended a private dinner with major record producer David Geffen and members of the Rothschild banking dynasty at the family's holiday villa on Corfu.
Originally posted by spikey
Is it beyond the realms of feasibility for the people to create their own internet? If not internet (as we know it) a countrywide of even continental wifi network?
Thats off the top of my head, so probably unworkable..is it?
Mr Foster acknowledged that online piracy was "a major problem in the UK" but said overriding the opinion of Lord Carter and two Secretary of States was "bizarre".
It is estimated that half of all the traffic on the net in the UK is content that is shared illegally.