M-Magazine: MP proposals could force search engines to tackle piracy

MPs have proposed a new clause for the UK’s Digital Economy Bill which will add pressure on search engines to tackle piracy and remove copyright-infringing content.

The amendment, entitled ‘Power to provide for a code of practice related to copyright infringement’, has been proposed by a group of MPs including Kevin Brennan in a bid to make search engines submit to a ‘voluntary agreement’ with rightsholders.

Should they fail to reach agreement, the clause suggests that the government will be empowered to force one on them.

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