Thank you the peeps at BoingBoing for pointing to this article. UK policy makers have dumped the great firewall notion from their plans and instead will force rightsholders to seek injunctions through the courts, injecting an important modicum of due process in what was slated to become massively debilitating restrictions on internet users:
Plans to block websites alleged to facilitate copyright infringement are to be dropped by the UK government. The announcement was made by Business secretary Vince Cable following a review by communications regulator OFCOM which found that blocking provisions in the Digital Economy Act would not be effective. Nevertheless, website blocking will be attempted, just by other means.