UK cracks down on internet piracy.

Posted on 21/11/2009 by

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My latest piece for FSRN. Broadcast 20 November 2009.

The UK Government has unveiled it’s new Digital Economy Bill. The headline grabbing plans are a tax on landline phones to fund super-fast broadband in rural areas of the UK, and a crackdown on illegal internet file-sharing and downloads.

Like France, which has created a “three strikes and you’re out” law, the bill includes powers to cancel people’s internet supply if they won’t stop.

But will it work?

Tom Allan’s been looking for perpetrators on the streets of Edinburgh…