This week, Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, stated new measures would be taken to clean up the ‘Wild West’ elements of the Internet. Music group BPI responded by saying says the government should use the opportunity to tackle piracy with advanced site-blocking measures, repeat infringer policies, and new responsibilities for service providers.
The UK Government has for the past several years expressed a strong desire to “clean up” the Internet.
There has been an intense emphasis on making the Internet safer for children, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
This week, the Government responded to the Internet Safety Strategy green paper, stating unequivocally that more needs to be done to tackle “online harm”
Considering every six out of ten people face “online harm”, the government while working with social media companies to protect users had seen positive results but the overall outlook has been below par.
For this reason, the Government will introduce new legislation, albeit with the assistance of technology companies, children’s charities and other stakeholders.
The Government has cleared that it wishes to tackle “the full range” of online harms, even though the emphasis is being placed on cyberbullying and online child exploitation. This move has been warmly received by UK music group BPI and thereby requesting the Government to introduce new measures to tackle Internet piracy.
BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor in a statement issued this week welcomed the move towards legislative change and urged the Government to encompass the music industry and beyond.
The BPI has published four initial requests.
- Establish a new fast-track process for blocking unauthorized sites.
- Compel online platforms to stop content from being re-posted after it’s been taken down while removing the accounts of repeat infringers.
- Fines for “online operators” who do not give “transparent contact and ownership information.”
- Pass laws for a new “duty of care” for online mediators and platforms.
To be published later this, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Home Office will work on a White Paper to pass laws to tackle “online harms”. The BPI and similar entities will hope that the Government will also do the same.