Digital Economy Bill moves closer to becoming law

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Digital Economy Bill moves closer to becoming law

Simon Quicke

The Digital Economy Bill, which is designed to protect the UK's creative industries has been passed by the House of Lords and looks set to become law before the general election.

The Bill contains in it the proposed option of dealing with those that download illegal software with reduced speeds on their internet connection or the prospect of being cut off the web all together.

Software industry lobby groups have been pushing for the Bill with the belief that it will make it more difficult for users to file share applications and bypass the legitimate channel.

With the Bill now passed by the laws it heads back to the House of Commons to be rubber stamped before the election.

That will not end the ongoing debate about the rights and wrongs of cutting off users with large web players including Google expressing concerns about the Bill.

Speaking on BBC's Panorama programme last night a spokesman for Talk Talk said it would resist cutting off its users from the web because it disagreed with the approach the government was taking.

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