The UK Govt. is planning to award itself powers to change copyright law almost at will, in expectation that new anti-peer-to-peer laws will drive infringement to other services such as Rapidshare and newsgroups.
The measure, which is the most severe contained in the Digital Economy Bill published yesterday, will be interpreted as a major victory for rights holder organisations. It will grant the Business Secretary Lord Mandelson and his successor's undprecedented control over civil enforcement of copyright.
Associate Professor of Law,
KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India,
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