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The digital economy bill will not hold up in law because it limits internet access rather than defending it, one lobby group has claimed.

Peter Brett, deputy campaigns officer at the Pirate Party UK, a political organisation campaigning for significant reform to copyright law, said the whole premise of the bill is "fundamentally flawed".

His comments come after the government inserted a new clause into the bill to address concerns regarding website blocking and disconnection requirements.

Under clause 18, formerly known as clause 17, the court may not ask internet service providers to block websites that infringe copyright unless satisfied it is having a serious effect on businesses or consumers.

In determining whether to grant an injunction, the court must take account of steps taken by the copyright owner to facilitate lawful access to the qualifying material and whether the injunction would be likely to have a disproportionate effect on any person's legitimate interests.

Mr Brett stated: "We want the government to give us a piece of legislation to actually reflect the conclusions of the Digital Britain report.

"[This was] that internet access is fundamentally important to 21st century British life and needs to be protected, not increasingly restricted."

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