It seems British parliament is now taking drastic measures to curb online music piracy. UK political hardliner Lord Mandelson recently reintroduced a controversial bill that allows Internet Service Providers to cut off Internet access to illegal file sharers who repeatedly distribute copyright material. The bill was previously shot down in June.
This current bill, which is supported by the British Phonographic Industry, is causing a huge flurry of controversy in the UK, with ISPs vehemently against the plan. Broadband provider TalkTalk said that the recommendations were likely to "breach fundamental human rights" and would not work. It has been estimated that half of all online traffic in the UK is illegal. Clearly, monitoring a bill of this scope would be difficult, considering that some file-sharing technology, such as on-demand TV service, is completely legal.
Similar legislation was passed in Sweden this year with their new Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED), which allows courts to compel ISPs to name anyone suspected of sharing files illegally. After the law went into effect last month, Internet usage in Sweden dropped by 30% (but maybe everyone was just on vacation).
The UK government hopes to have this plan included in the digital economy bill this autumn.