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Clara.net Angered By Publishing Laws

Posted: 22nd Mar, 2006 By: MarkJ
The managing director of ISP Clara.net, Steve Rawlinson, has attacked UK laws that hold providers responsible for content created by customers:

Rawlinson said companies were increasingly going after ISPs rather than individuals who publish content they do not like. Rawlinson said: "It is plainly ridiculous. We are held responsible but we cannot make a qualified legal decision on every complaint we receive. We have three staff looking at complaints. I'd like to see customers responsible for what they publish - and I think they would like that too."

He said: "As the law stands all I can do is advise people to host their sites outside the UK - and you can imagine how much I enjoy that."

Rawlinson said the problem was getting worse. He cited a case of two old ladies who both had websites selling budgerigars - each accused the other of stealing bits of content and eventually both their ISPs removed the sites.


The change in law has been controversial ever since the day it was first introduced several years ago. Sadly we can't see things changing unless more providers speak out. More @ The Register.
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