Controversial Digital Economy Bill passed in the Commons

After debate in the House of Commons the Digital Economy Bill has been passed after its third reading. Most of the clauses are still intact and it was passed by 189 votes to 47. One of the aims of the bill, among just many policies, is to curb online piracy, with the ultimate intention being to invigorate the digital economy in the U.K.

The two main reasons it has caused controversy in the technological field is firstly because it proposes the suspension of repeat filesharers’ internet connections, and secondly because it contains measures that will enable pirate websites to be blocked by politicians, without primary legislation.

The bill had to be pushed through at some speed because of the election being called and the dissolution of parliament and there was some consternation earlier in the week about the sparse numbers of MP’s attending the second reading of the bill. Over 20,000 voters have opposed the bill, lobbying against it by writing to their MP’s.

Despite some opposition the bill was finally passed and will now go to the House of Lords for final approval. After this it will be passed into law, following Royal Assent. Are you one of the people opposing the bill, or are you a supporter of the bill? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this.