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Lawmakers force rethink on UK copyright plans

Emma Barraclough, London

Courts, rather than the government, will have the power to force ISPs to block access to websites hosting copyright-infringing content in the UK, under amendments to the Digital Economy Bill passed last week

In the version of the Bill submitted to Parliament, the government proposed that it should be given the power to amend the country's copyright laws by so-called secondary legislation.

The government had argued that this power, contained in Clause 17...

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