The UK's anti-piracy laws will be delayed until at least spring 2012 the government has admitted due to administrative and regulatory issues. The Digital Economy Act (DEA) was originally planned to bring regulation in to action in January but further work including EU approval for the cost sharing of the notification system and secondary legislation to implement this and detail further information about the system was required.
"Since the DEA passed into law there has been a considerable amount of work to do to implement the mass notification system. Secondary legislation setting out how the system will be paid for and how it will work has to be passed by Parliament. Ofcom also has to set up an appeals process."Spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport
Other delays have been due to a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act which is set to take place on Wednesday. This has been brought about through BT and TalkTalk who appealed against the Act breaching EU human rights laws in relation to cutting people off the Internet.
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has today released a report from the LSE Media Policy Project which looked in to the likely effectiveness of the DEA measures to protect intellectual property. The report claims that providing "hassle-free solutions" to accessing content legally is a much more effective way to curb copyright infringement than implementing legislation and regulation as per the DEA.
"the DEA has given too much consideration to the interests of copyright holders, while ignoring other stakeholders such as users, ISPs, and new players in the creative industry. I hope the Judicial Review will make the government reconsider its approach toward file-sharing."Bingchun Meng, LSE Expert
The report can be found on the LSE Media Policy Project blog.