New proposals to fight UK internet piracy are ridiculous

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

According to media reports, the UK government will propose new laws today to disconnect computer users from the internet who are suspected of illegally downloading copyrighted music and movies.

Disconnected from the internet for being suspected of illegally downloading copyrighted material? How can it be just to be thrown off the internet without your guilt having been proven?

The new proposals will mean that users suspected of illegal downloading will still receive warning letters from their ISPs, but if they are believed to be continuing to share copyrighted material they will have their net connection temporarily cut off, although “it may be possible to retain basic access to online public services.”

What’s interesting is that this proposal was rejected by the British government’s own…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.