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DEA Code of Practice limited to providers with 400,000 subscribers

The Digital Economy Act (DEA) code of practice (CoP) being formulated by Ofcom will only apply to ISPs who have more than 400,000 customers, and will not include mobile broadband, according to information from ISPA who met with Ofcom to discuss the code. This is likely to only hold for the short term as all ISPs will eventually be required to comply, but targeting the largest providers first should make the largest dent in curbing copyright infringement.

The code is expected to be released in the next couple of weeks and will cover four main areas:

  • process and notification (how a Copyright Infringement Report is generated and sent)
  • appeals process for consumers
  • dispute resolution between ISPs and rights holders
  • costs (an area that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is looking in to)

With the Code being tested on large providers first, it may become apparent further down the line that it isn't quite as suited to smaller providers. We hope that Ofcom pays attention to feedback from smaller providers such as AAISP who have put together ideas for the CoP which they believe will ensure the code is robust and easy for smaller providers to manage.

Of course, it's not entirely clear whether the Digital Economy Act will stay as law under it's current plans. The Liberal Democrats promised to repeal the DEA if they made it into government, something they have partially achieved through coalition. On Sunday at a special party conference, they again re-affirmed this commitment, however it would obviously require the backing of the Conservatives to achieve this.


The Tories had the sense to see that ID cards would do nothing. Maybe they're just lacking in the technical knowledge to see how the DEA will have no effect on copyright infringement.

  • Capn
  • over 10 years ago

The Conservative response is deafening, no agreement, no portfolio and not much in the way of commentary either. Vince Cable is an improvement upon the man who likes to lunch though.

Maybe the Conservatives are too busy playing with all the new VPN free trial offers.

  • mishminx
  • over 10 years ago

What are they classing as an ISP I wonder. I'm with Xilo, but my connection is via C&W LLU. So who's my ISP when it comes to the DEA, Xilo or C&W?

  • pje1979
  • over 10 years ago

I would imagine that the "definition" of who the ISP is would be whoever the relevant IP address block is registered with.

  • wirelesspacman
  • over 10 years ago

This is BS. This will not work and should not be made legal. I am totally against it. IP and copyright holders should focus on getting people to buy there games/ movies/ music. Valve has prooved that you CAN make money from PC games and people WILL buy them.

Spotify: recently cut there price. I amd alot of my freinds use this and no longer DL music off TPB ETC.

Movies/ TV shows: Catch up services are great. N oneed to DL that missed episode of Stargate, Heroes, South Park, Doctor who ETC anymore.

  • gobbybobby
  • over 10 years ago

I will still continue to boycott the MPA/RIAA studios/labels til the end after what they've done in collaboration with Rothschild and the evil bankers trying to censor the web.


Amen to that!

Valve kicks ass, shame the studios/labels didn't go down that route instead.

  • otester
  • over 10 years ago

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