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Minister Ed Vaizey has written to Open Rights Group confirming that a voluntary web-blocking scheme is being discussed with rightsholders and ISPs.

A self-regulatory scheme will sideline vital judicial oversight and place decisions about what people should and should not see online in the hands of businesses. There is little evidence it will help the creative industries, and plenty that will have unintended but serious consequences for freedom of expression.

The good news is that Ed Vaizey has promised to include civil society groups in future discussions. We need to make sure this happens. Rightsholders are exerting a lot of pressure on government, so we need to be there pointing out why it is such a bad idea.

You can do your bit by letting your MPs know that a voluntary web blocking is not acceptable.

(For background, see our briefing

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