Stephen Fry backs TalkTalk's digital economy bill campaign
The celebrated presenter and broadcaster has claimed that the proposals in the government's digital economy bill to suspend the internet accounts of those suspected of filesharing are "ill-conceived" and "epically foolish".
He outlined that the plans were not a way to protect creative sector, as they could "alienate and antagonise the very people on whom those industries depend".
"The planned legislation reveals a deep misunderstanding of the online world," he explained.
"Large scale criminal P2P downloaders will certainly be smart enough to avoid attention, while the innocent or small-time (most of whom are good customers) will be penalised without recourse to the due process of law."
TalkTalk recently organised a Westminster briefing to highlight how the launch of the digital economy bill will lead to the creation of new tools that allow people to share files illegal without detection.