Illegal File Sharers In UK Could Be Cut Off

Posted: Aug 25 2009, 6:41am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 3:55pm CDT, in News | Technology News


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A new amendment to the Digital Britain Reports would see Ofcom gain new powers to fight online piracy. Under the new amendment, Ofcom would be able to terminate the internet connection of users found to be sharing files.

BBC News reports that Lord Mandelson intervened personally to beef up the policy. The report gives Ofcom until 2012 to consider whether technical measures will work to catch pirates online.

Stephen Timms, minister for Digital Britain, said, "We've been listening carefully to responses to the consultation this far, and it's become clear there are widespread concerns that the plans as they stand could delay action, impacting unfairly upon rights holders."

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