Thursday, November 4, 2010

Britian proposes allowing site takedowns with just complaint

The U.S. wants to wiretap the internet. The UK wants to make it easy to get 3rd party content removed. MarkJ reports on that:

The UK governments Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, has ominously proposed that broadband ISPs could introduce a new Mediation Service that would allow them the freedom to censor third party content on the internet, without court intervention, in response to little more than a public complaint.

The proposal is supposed to be for the benefit of regular citizens, but it is easy to imagine the abuse by corporations and organizations (RIAA, MPAA, et al) who would use it as a club to attempt to force consumers to conform to industry ideas of how things should be.

It is sad that proposals to help protect citizens must be either be so carefully crafted and limited almost to the point of uselessness or risk abuse that does more harm than not having legislation would have.