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The government has published new measures that could see people who illegally download films and music cut off from the net.

The amendment to the Digital Britain report would see regulator Ofcom given greater powers to tackle pirates.

The technical measures are likely to include suspending the net accounts of "hardcore copyright pirates".

It is believed that Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has intervened personally to beef up the policy.

The Digital Britain report, published in June, gave Ofcom until 2012 to consider whether technical measures to catch pirates were necessary.

However, according to a statement from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills released on Tuesday, that timeframe is now considered "too long to wait".

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Where do I even start on this?!

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Wasn't Mandelslime wined and dined by some music industry big wig recently?

Twas David Geffin, so they probably shared each others slime.

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He will be able to do F all. He will be gone with his tail between his legs. This man is a disgrace to the institution of democracy. Doh! We do not live in democracy.

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I wouldn't take any Labour policy announcement seriously from now on. How many are they actually going to be able to implement (i.e. push through to the point of royal assent) between now and the election?

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He's not too bothered about phising, nigerian spammers, kiddie porn etc. Just those hardcore criminals downloading Lady Gagas new album.

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It's just going to be uninformed teenagers and parents getting caught and shamed by this. Anyone that knows even a little bit about bittorent and P2P principles will be running a frequently updated IP blocker and using an encrypted P2P client.

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As far as Labour is concerned multinationals have absolute rights to a recording made by an artist who could have died as long ago as the 1950s. Draconian measures will be taken to protect this company's commercial 'rights'. However, we as British citizens have no such rights over our own DNA. It can be taken from us by the police even if we are entirely innocent. Strange country we live in.

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This is such a farce. Even if it was the right thing to do ... how on earth are you going to cut a human being off from the web?

Guvnment spinning for job creation. Building a department of 'Internet access restricters' who are - frankly - going to achieve sweet FA because they have not got the technology to stop folks in any case.

I can get on the web using a 5GBP mobile phone I bought from the local Orange/O2/whatever store with no identification whatsoever. Right now that is a slow way to use the web ... but that, too, is changing.

Been to a web cafe recently?

Aidanapword

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Getting back on topic, this is probably a good time to plug the Pirate Party.

Stupid name except, they seem to be the only party about with sensible ideas about copyright/surveillance.

..aha aha shiver me timbers..

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Newsgroups with SSL access. Lets see what they can do about that :lol:

They will use the covert hacking and spying clause recently enshrined in law to see what you have on your hard drive. They're not quite as stupid as they look. Nearly but not quite.

TFH

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the internet is considered an important utility now, the idea that you can cut people off is like cutting people off from electric or water. I dont think even Labour MPs will vote to give this sort of power to Mandelson

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they will have to introduce new laws that directly contravene privacy laws to carry this out.

I think they will find it very hard to do in practice.

they would have to introdu

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they will have to introduce new laws that directly contravene privacy laws to carry this out.

I think they will find it very hard to do in practice.

they would have to introdu

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:lol:

the government presume the population are tied to static internet lines

not only will the criminals fail in getting this legislation passed, yet again they will appear pointless

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I'd like to see Mandelshite 'cut off' - from all sources of oxygen.

Sharing isn't the same as stealing a car or a woman's handbag, whatever those dumb cinema ads say.

If you could clone a woman's handbag and it's contents with a few electrons the women would still have her possessions. Okay, so if you spent the the money in the cloned handbag you'd actually dillute the value of money and cause inflation but, heck, bankers are rewarded handsomely for doing that - it''d just be harmless quantitative easing, great for the economy.

Fight the real wrongs.

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This is such a farce. Even if it was the right thing to do ... how on earth are you going to cut a human being off from the web?

There is no need for that. Essentially, as far as I can tell, the plan is to embrace a scare tactic. The objective is not to prosecute meaningfully, but, rather, to introduce increased fear of recriminations from illegal downloading. One place where I can imagine this being effective is where, for example, a family shares a net connection... if there is a threat that the actions of one might prevent access for all, this will result in pressure to avoid peer-to-peer all together.

Of course, the idea to hold everyone accountable is ridiculous - go to any city and there are dozens of Wi-Fi connections ripe for abuse wherever you stand. If there's any intention of pursuing serious infringers, expect a lot of innocents to be caught in the crossfire. To me, it seems utterly unenforceable - but not counter-productive from the perspective of the music labels. Their business model is almost dead - their reason-d'etre over... but they still represent 'big money'... and every conceivable trick will be embraced to try and cling on for as long as possible. This, I think, is an attempt at legal trickery - not technical trickery... scare tactics - little more.

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