Opposition to digital economy bill grows | Technology | guardian.co.uk
Government’s proposed ‘three strikes’ rule would damage business, say hotels and public institutions
guardian.co.uk, Friday 5 February 2010 17.32 GMT
Opposition to the government’s digital economy bill has increased sharply, with strong criticism in the House of Lords for its failure to offer “due judicial process” to people accused of illicit filesharing under the proposed “three strikes” rules of the bill.
Outside parliament, hotels and educators have complained that the bill also endangers their businesses and provision of the internet to the public because of its insistence that organisations providing net access should be liable for the actions of their customers.
The digital economy bill, which is being sponsored by Lord Mandelson through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, is a broad-ranging bill covering digital spectrum, greater powers for Ofcom, legislation over copyright infringement via the net, and the enabling of better access nationwide to faster internet connections.