New provision allows ministers to modify copyright law and block websites

Website blocks back in Digital Economy Bill

An amendment has been reintroduced in to the Digital Economy Bill that will allow politicians to block websites with out the need for legal process.

According to the Financial Times, the clause also allows for the law to be changed without primary legislation and has faced sustained criticism from companies like Google and Facebook, internet providers such as TakTalk, BT and EntaNet, as well as internet freedom advocates.

The Conservatives are backing the move, while the Liberal Democrats have said that they’ll oppose it in the Commons. Campaigners opposing the move are raising money for an advertising campaign urging MPs to vote against the Bill, and the Open Rights Group is said to have a demonstration planned for this week.

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