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Lord Mandelson Has UK File-sharers In Sight In Clampdown

The Business Secretary Lord Mandelson seems set to take a stiffer stance to crack down hard on illegal file sharing over the web, with new set of regulations that could make the offenders see their connections cut off or even pay as much as £50,000 in damages.

In the proposed draconian move, Lord Mandelson is intending to criminalise a whopping seven million internet users, a substantive proportion of the UK population, who keep on downloading the copyrighted content from the web illicitly.

However, the given figure doesn’t involve parents who may not be familiar that their kids have been regularly infringing copyright laws while surfing the web using family computer.

The move comes after the Business Secretary had dinner with the billionaire producer David Geffen, who co-founded the famous DreamWorks Studios along with the popular director Steven Spielberg.

Commenting upon the new harsh regulations, David Davies, the Conservative MP, said in a statement, “It does seem a remarkable coincidence. Peter Mandelson should be forced to reveal the full extent of his meetings with wealthy friends on holiday and, in the name of openness, disclose exactly what they discussed”.

However, a spokesman for the Department of Business has denied any influence of the so-called meeting on new proposed rules to crack down on internet piracy.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.