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Again it's a very interesting question. I think there are two essential parts to this. Firstly, there is a very clear set of regulations which apply to technical intermediaries hosting platforms. It's called the E-commerce Directive and it does place a number of responsibilities on us around removal of content. I know that you're very aware of it.

It's important to make the distinction between -- in the system that you've outlined, it's important to make the decision between someone who provides a hosting platform for other people to create and post content, and a publisher. or other products that are -- attempt to form a community around the product, YouTube, et cetera, they don't make us a publisher; we remain a hosting platform. So I think whatever system that you devise, it's important to retain that distinction, because not only is there already a very clear set of regulations around those principles placing responsibilities on us, but it retains a very essential balance online, which is: where does that responsibility lie? We have our responsibilities, which we fulfil; the person that produces and uploads that content has his or her responsibilities as well.

So again, it's -- this is obviously a hypothetical scenario, and something I know that you're working through as you work through your evidence. Again, I would give the same answer that I gave to the Lord Justice, that, as you develop your system and as that regulatory proposal affects our services, we would be happy to supply written evidence if you asked for it.

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