that steps to ensure compliance with an existing law should necessarily be seen as "more control by the government".
Parliament makes laws, and governments have a duty to ensure they're enforced. Illegal file-sharing is simply that....illegal, and any government must take the steps necessary to stop illegal acts. The copyright laws weren't framed by this government, they have existed for a very long time.
"MMM this will anger a few" What would anger me more is if computer gaming became obsolete, due to non viability. DrScott Interesting thought.Thats the trouble,there usually is a way around something and someone will always find it.
There are various ISP's that have blocking software included in the connection setup,thus making some of these file-sharing "networks" appear to be finished/closed,etc.With music though,there is no reason to risk using a P2P network as its relatively simple to connect a PC to a broadcast receiver and record the songs that way.DVD's are a different matter though,a few years ago it was possible to buy new releases for a few pounds from workmates.I know the numbers of these copyright thieves has reduced(no doubt due to the severe penalties issued against those caught)but its still happening,any measures that are introduced to reduce this crime further are okay by me as I dont download DVD's or music so they wont affect my net usage.
"it is also adventageous finacialy for the goverment to help uphold this law,"
What are you saying, they're only doing this for the money?
So a different party would maybe not insist on the copyright laws being enforced.
As for "kiddy-porn" as ened so quaintly refers to it, various organisations are, and have been for some time, working very hard to eradicate this. Virtually no illegal pornography is held on web-servers in the UK, and that's were the problems lie. The UK government and police have no powers to act on material held on foreign servers.