Opinion: Website blocking will not solve copyright concerns

Website blocking is on the agenda again, this time in relation to copyright infringement. As reported in the Guardian last week, a government-led working group – including ministers and parties such as the BPI and Google – is to be formed to try to find a way of blocking websites that allegedly help people download songs or films without permission, avoiding potential litigation.While that might instantly conjure up Pirate Bay or Limewire in your mind, it could also include any site that hosts user-generated content, including services such as Rapidshare or Vimeo.

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