Downing Street has launched an e-petition website to make it easier for people to sign up in support of various issues.

The site, which has been set up with the help of mysociety.org, allows anyone to upload a petition, although it has to be checked before being made live to make sure it doesn’t have anything to do with political party issues, obscenities, and to make sure it’s not libellous.

Both the five most recent and five most popular petitions are posted on the site. This afternoon, the top five included a motion to repeal the Hunting Act 2004, which had 1567 signatures, and a petition to change the copyright law to allow for the legal copying of CDs, with 774 signatures.

Signing a petition involves more than submitting your name. You must give your email address and address, and must also be an British citizen.

Because the site was only recently launched, and indeed is still in beta, only one petition is listed as rejected so far.