Pirate Cinema was inspired by a legislative event in the United Kingdom, where I live. In 2009, they introduced legislation called the Digital Economy Act, which includes something called “three strikes,” which says that if you’re accused—without proof—of three acts of copyright infringement, you and your family get disconnected from the internet.
As Mike covered earlier, Ofcom, the UK's media regulator, has just released a new report on online piracy containing information it has been gathering for the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) ahead of the Digital Economy Act's eventual rollout. Show More Summary
The laws governing intellectual monopolies in the UK are in a state of flux at the moment. After the previous government in its dying hours rammed through the shoddy piece of work known as the Digital Economy Act, the present coalition...Show More Summary
From SOPA/PIPA to the Digital Economy Act to ACTA to the DMCA, there's no shortage of bad legislation built to serve various copyright-driven industries. But just when you thought you'd seen the very edge of how far legislators wereShow More Summary
On 26 June 2012, Ofcom published three documents relating to its duties to address online copyright infringement under the Digital Economy Act 2010. The first is a draft code under which ISPs would notify subscribers of allegations that their account has been used to infringe copyright. The consultation on this closes on 26 July 2012 so only [...]
As Techdirt reported in 2010, the passage of the Digital Economy Act was one of the most disgraceful travesties of the UK parliamentary process in recent times; it was badly drafted, hardly revised and then pushed through with almost no debate in the dying moments of the previous government. Show More Summary
UK communications regulatory body OFCOM has today published an amended version of its Initial Obligations Code, a set of rules relating to the anti-piracy provisions in the country's controversial Digital Economy Act. OFCOM clarifies...Show More Summary
The UK government and regulator, Ofcom, are taking the next steps to bring the Digital Economy Act’s mass notification system on copyright infringement into effect. After a court case slowed down the legislation, Ofcom’s new draft code is now expected to head to Parliament later this year. Show More Summary
UK ISPs BT and Talktalk challenged the Digital Economy Act soon after it was passed, complaining about how the law was approved, about the implementation details and how it would put them at a competitive disadvantage. Unfortunately,...Show More Summary
After the Court of Appeal in London told Britain's two biggest internet providers that they must abide with the controversial anti-piracy rules brought in by the Digital Economy Act, some experts suggest that it could spark a SOPA-style protest. Is it likely?
BT and TalkTalk lose their appeal over the Digital Economy Act, Righthaven has its copyrights seized and South Africa becomes a licensing battleground.
While anti-piracy legislation is at a standstill in the US, the path was cleared in the UK today for the Digital Economy Act, a law that requires Internet providers to crack down on suspected pirates. London’s Court of Appeals thwarted...Show More Summary
The UK Digital Economy Act, which allows for the prospect those suspected of online piracy being blocked by their ISP, looks more likely to go into force after two Internet...
Internet service providers BT and TalkTalk have lost their appeal against the UK's Digital Economy Act. The ISPs had argued that the legislation was incompatible with EU law, but this morning the Court of Appeal decided otherwise and dismissed their appeal. Show More Summary
A trio of Court of Appeal judges are expected to give their ruling today as to whether a decision by the High Court supporting the controversial Digital Economy Act can be overturned. BT and TalkTalk, two of the country's largest ISPs, had objected to the legislation claiming it breached EU directives. Show More Summary
Harriet Harman, deputy leader the UK Labour Party, has explained her party's programme for the British Internet: "implement the Digital Economy Act under a clear timetable including getting on with the notification letters." "Notification letters?" Why yes, those would be the letters notifying you that you have been accused, without proof, of downloading copyrighted material [...]
It's been a bit hard to understand what's been going on in the UK concerning copyright reform when we keep hearing two very contradictory messages. On one side, there's the ridiculous Digital Economy Act, which was proposed by the unelected,...Show More Summary
It wasn’t supposed to be like this; when former Communications Minister Stephen Carter launched the “Digital Britain” report, he was expecting a new copyright enforcement regime to be in place by now; when Parliament passed the Digital Economy Act in the ‘wash up’ immediately prior to the General Election, it did not expect implementation to [...]
PROTECT-IP, the Digital Economy Act, site blocking, domain seizures and 3 strikes regimes. The list of techniques used to thwart online file-sharing seems to grow every month. But how effective are they really? The overuse of these anti-piracy...Show More Summary
Copyright Suit Kills Date/Time Server, ISPs to Appeal Digital Economy Act, EU Greens Adopt Pirate Party Platform and More!