Re: Who decides if it's copyright-infringing?
> Typically blocked content is not copyright infringing where the host server is situated
Yes it is. Section 97A orders are issued in cases where the content are illegal in most jurisdictions.
> or they would attack the source
Being illegal does not mean that it is feasible to address the problem at source. See for example the Ecatel case which was decided last week where it took four years for the court to decide.
> Netflix for example has most of it's content unavailible outside of the US
Which blocking scenario are you considering that relates to Netflix? Netflix asking for a 97A order against UK ISPs to block access to Netflix content ? That would be most bizarre.
No, these orders are not used (or possible to be used) for geo restriction.
> So if the Government instead removed the distribution monopolies [...] then the whole "piracy" issue would disappear
How exactly would that stop counterfeit Cartier watches?
Of course all cases of copyright infringement could be stopped immediately by abolishing copyright. Whether or not a world without copyright (and hence a world without Game of Thrones and possibly Cartier) would be a better world is debatable, but there doesn't seem to be widespread support for it.
Outside Torrentfreak an ElReg that is.