New plans for website censorship have been leaked to digital rights campaigner James Firth. Yet again the leaked plans were written by copyright lobby groups, and had been presented to Culture Minister Ed Vaizey marked “confidential”.
The public weren’t meant to see these censorship plans. Copyright lobbyists want the minister to agree to “industry self-regulation”, where “experts” appointed by film, record and TV executives would decide what Internet sites would be banned in the UK.
With a fig leaf of judicial oversight, these sites would be banned without any hope of a trial or meaningful court procedure. Ask your MP to prevent these dangerous plans.
Last month, a report from the United Nations stated plainly that such website bans would risk severe impacts on our freedom of expression unless strictly controlled and approved by courts.
The same report condemned the UK for its plans to disconnect users for downloading copyright material. The author, Frank La Rue, said he was “alarmed” by the UK's Digital Economy Act and said we should repeal it as an infringement of our free expression.
Please write to your MP to let them know that the UK is heading towards Internet censorship and breaches of fundamental rights. Let them know that plans are being drafted by entertainment lobbyists, who are trying to hide them from the public. Our free speech is in danger.
Jim Killock, Executive Director Open Rights Group