Suspected internet pirates will have 20 working days to appeal against allegations of copyright infringement and must pay £20 to do so, according to revised plans to enforce the UK’s Digital Economy Act.
So, you are entirely innocent of any crime, entirely innocent of pirating anyone’s copyright, but you are accused. It will cost you £20 to appeal your innocence. Reverse of the burden of proof or what? Note the words “suspected” and “alleged” not actual proven guilt.
Slowly, surely, we creep inexorably towards Napoleonic law.
Campaigners oppose the fee saying users should be innocent until proven guilty.
Welcome to the new world order where we are guilty until we demonstrate our innocence and have to pay for the privilege.