London – A provision that
would have empowered U.K.
ministers to change copyright law to address new technologies used for
infringement has been stricken from a sweeping Digital Economy Bill, Billboard
reports. The provision — opposed by Google, Facebook and others as potentially
stifling technology innovation — would have allowed for the creation of new
anti-piracy measures without parliamentary approval.
Meanwhile, The Register
reports that record label trade group BPI has submitted amendments to the
Digital Britain bill that "would grant copyright holders injunctions
against websites and service providers similar to the US DMCA act — but with
no ‘safe harbour’ provision to verify whether the claim is merited."
BPI told The Register its edit to the bill is needed because "it provides
a mechanism to deal with the increasing threat of illegal downloading from
non-P2P sources and other future threats."