Web blocking proposals from the government are "imminent" according to the secretary of state for the department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Mark Prisk.
Prisk was responding to questions in parliament on the issue of protecting copyright and said the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to issue the announcement shortly and believes it will be, "welcomed".
"I can say that we are closely considering whether to block access to websites that infringe copyright," he said.
"We will have something to say about that shortly, but, as I would like to continue to have a positive working relationship with my ministerial colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, I shall not pre-empt what they are about to say."
V3 contacted the DCMS for further comment on this revelation but have received no reply at this time.
Currently there is no single instrument for blocking websites that provide copyrighted content for download.
Sites such as Newzbin 2 have been taken offline after successful legal action by content owners using existing laws such as the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.
The government had hoped to introduce web blocking measures with the Digital Economy Act (DEA) which was passed in 2010, but was forced to drop this from the legislation after it admitted it was unworkable.
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