by Mike Masnick
Wed, Feb 2nd 2011 10:05pm
One part of the Digital Economy Act in the UK was that the UK government could have ISPs ordered to block certain websites deemed to be infringing upon copyrights. This is similar to what the US is trying to pass with COICA (or, already doing via Homeland Security's domain name seizures). However, it appears that at least some folks in the government are realizing this is a dangerous idea, and they're now exploring whether or not it's actually a feasible plan. That's better than just implementing it, of course. Perhaps most interesting is that this "rethink" was driven by a government website which asked the public to "nominate laws and regulations they would like to see abolished." Apparently this was a big one. What a concept: having citizens in a democracy point out what laws they believed were unfair.
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