Proposals for new legislation to combat internet piracy are expected be announced at the State Opening of Parliament. It will be interesting to see how the government’s thinking has evolved since the Digital Britain report suggested that those who illegally download films and music may have their internet connections slowed.
You may recall that in August, Lord Mandelson upped the ante by voicing his opinion that people who illegally download films and music should have their internet connection cut off and possibly incur a fine of up to £50,000.
Whilst Lord Mandelson’s comments have not been unanimously supported some luminaries of the music world, including Elton John, have backed the harsher sanction. Presumably those pirates who have illegally downloaded Mr John’s songs have found that sorry seems to be the hardest word.