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Hands up if you had forgotten about the Digital Economy Act?
Thursday 26 April 2012 19:51:19 by Andrew Ferguson

The Digital Economy Act has never been popular with the general public or providers, with BT and TalkTalk launching an appeal against the act, that was ultimately unsuccessful. The costs of a letter writing campaign whose primary goal was to reduce the level of copyright infringement in the UK has been set, such that providers would have to pay 25% of the costs, ultimately meaning that consumers would have to pay the bill, both those who infringe copyright and those that do not.

Ofcom has recently briefed ISPA on the progress of the code of practice that will govern the letter writing campaign, and Trefor Davies has a clear summary of the update on his blog.

The main thrust is that while the industry had been expecting the letter campaign to start in the spring of 2013, Q1 2014 is now the expected date. Most of the delays are due to procedural reasons, and that the current Government may be quietly ignoring it.

While a letter writing campaign may have some merit, in the same way a teacher asking a naughty child to stop scratching their name into a desk may have some merit, the speed at which the digital world is moving may reduce copyright infringement to levels where the media industries accept the losses. Services like Sky AnyTime+, Netflix and Lovefilm are all making it easier for people to access films and TV shows when they want, and at a reasonable price.

Given the delays to the code of practice, one can't be blamed for wondering if there may be some in power who hope it will quietly vanish, and be forgotten by which ever party wins the May 2015 General Election.


Posted by davolente over 5 years ago
The DEA was a travesty in any case, having been conjured up by a formerly disgraced member of the government after (coincidentally, of course) socialising with a big-wig in the entertainment industry, not to mention the disgusting way it was ploughed through parliament in the dying hours of a session.
Posted by jondigidol over 5 years ago
The grammar on this article was below standards Andrew. 1. "has quietly ignoring it"? 2. "There speed at which .. " tut tut!
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Thats two grammar mistakes removed from the article.
Posted by welshwarrior over 5 years ago
What about "if you had forgot" - shouldn't it be "if you had forgotten" ??
Posted by shaunhw over 5 years ago
If people have issues with grammar why don't they send PMs to those people concerned. I suppose they just want to look clever on here. That's sad I think.

DEA: I am rather incensed that innocent customers have to pay towards the cost. None commerial copyright infringement is AFAIK still a civil matter so enforcement costs should be wholly covered by the media companies concerned.
Posted by Pigmaster over 5 years ago
It is still hard to imagine but any who still buys blank cassette tapes are still paying a levy to the media companies, so these media companies will still and always will require that EVERYONE regardless of usage will always pay a levy to prop up the business empire. This is TOTALLY wrong and out government should have a more backbone to stand up to big especially American media companies
Posted by otester over 5 years ago
Hopefully the delays will give people more time to get accustomed to VPNs.
Posted by uniquename over 5 years ago
He was expecting ten hands to be raised.
Posted by Mauro_Balbino over 5 years ago
Here I am commenting comments;I agree 100% with:

"Posted by shaunhw 1 day ago
If people have issues with grammar why don't they send PMs to those people concerned."
Posted by uniquename over 5 years ago
the not those, but I can't PM you nor shaunhw.
Posted by imbsuk over 5 years ago
How will they detect infringement? ie will details be forwarded by rights owners of those, for example, sharing via torrents. Or will the ISP install some sort of surveillance software that will inspect packets? ie might you get away with it if you download rather than upload?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
The rights owner (or company working on their behalf) will inform a provider, that IP A was found sharing Film B. The ISP would then look up which account had the IP at that time and then write letter to customer C.

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