by Mike Masnick
Mon, Feb 22nd 2010 11:23pm
There were a smattering of reports that the UK gov't was backing down on plans to implement three strikes rules as part of Peter Mandelson's Digital Economy Bill. That would be a pretty big surprise, if true, as kicking people off the internet based on accusations (not convictions) had been the key thing Mandelson wanted after his little dinner with David Geffen last summer (after barely caring about this particular issue at all). But, it appears that reality is that this is just UK politicians playing games with words. Apparently, the political wordsmiths decided that "disconnection" is too harsh a word to describe the policy (even if it's accurate), and are now going with "temporary account suspension" (even though it does mean you're disconnected from your account). So when a petition came through asking the government not to disconnect those accused of file sharing, the government had no problem saying "sure," even though it still supports temporary account suspension. And copyright supporters accuse those in favor of reform as playing word games?
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