"As an election looms in the UK, copyright,
intellectual property and Open Source, are making an appearance on
the political stage, both at home and internationally.
"The government has been forced to make a number of significant
changes to Lord Mandelson’s much-criticised Digital Economy
Bill. In response to a petition, the Prime Minister has dropped
Mandelson’s plans for a controversial ‘three
strikes’ rule forcing ISPs to permanently disconnect those
repeatedly accused of illegal file sharing by copyright
"Amongst a long list of grievances with the proposed bill,
critics had pointed out the potential human rights implications of
cutting-off households, particularly school children, from the
Internet, based on the behaviour of one individual using a shared
connection. However, in a statement on the Number 10 website, the
government did not rule out forcing ISPs to enforce bandwidth
restrictions, download limits and temporary account suspensions
onto customers accused of breeching copyright."
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