Google has hit out at the Digital Economy Bill, with specific criticism for the controversial Clause 8 which gives governmental powers to block websites that are 'likely to be used' for infringing copyright.
Clause 8 was criticised in the House of Commons as the bill was passed on for a third reading in the House of Lords before it is rubber-stamped as law.
The Liberal Democrats and Labour MP Tom Watson – who fiercely opposed the bill's shortcomings – argued against the clause which allows the secretary of state for business to block
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Google was put forward by the Lib Dems' Don Foster as an example of a website which could feasibly be considered to fall foul of this woolly wording, and the company has indeed made its feeling known.
"The proposals to introduce website blocking - now included in Clause 8 - have escaped proper scrutiny," said an official statement from Google.
"They were introduced 24 hours before a crucial vote in the House of Lords, without a full debate over whether such a policy is right in principle.
"We absolutely believe in the importance of copyright, but blocking through injunction creates a high risk that legal content gets mistakenly blocked, or that people abuse the system."