[publicaffairs.linx.net] Government backtracks on P2P

Quietly announced alongside today’s Digital Britain report, the government today accepted that its plans to legislate against ISPs in response to copyright infringement for peer-to-peer file-sharing are unworkable.

LINX was among many organisations expressing serious concerns about the proposals last October; earlier this month, this website reported the government’s assessment that only the rightsholder lobby supported the proposals, with ISPs and the Internet industry, consumer groups and charities united against them.

Today the government agreed to think again: [...]

The new preferred approach is for notifications to be sent to infringers by ISPs - but with new safeguards, and no disconnections; enforcement against persistent serious offenders will continue to be the responsibility of rightsholders through the courts.