April 11, 2008 15:11

European Parliament at odds with UK government over downloading

MEPs reject plans to cut off offenders' internet connections

European Parliament at odds with UK government over downloading
A section of a European report that proposed severing the internet connections of people who persistently illegally download music has been rejected by Members Of The European Parliament.

MEPs – who represent different regions in Europe at the European Parliament – voted to make an amendment to the report that scrapped the idea of cutting connections, saying it infringed on civil liberties and human rights, BBC News reports.

The vote puts the European Parliament at odds with the UK government, who are keen to crack down on illegal downloaders.

A spokesperson for the European Parliament said: "The vote shows that MEPs want to strike a balance between the interests of rights' holders [such as record companies] and those of consumers, and that big measures like cutting off internet access shouldn't be used."

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