Back in 2010, on the last day of the last Labour government, a whipped Parliament voted in the terrible Digital Economy Act, after a short, embarrassingly illiterate debate whose howlers demonstrated just how little the MPs understood about the law they were voting in (the whole process was later revealed to be a fix from day one). (more…)
We first posted about the CODE ACT on June 4, 2015: Two House Judiciary Committee Members Release Draft Legislation to “Modernize” U.S. Copyright Office. The post includes a link to the draft document and other resources. New Today From the American Library Association: Today, American Library Association (ALA) president Courtney Young responded to the introduction […]
Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Tom Marino (R-PA) have introduced the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act), which calls for better legislation on the role of the Copyright Office in the digital age. The Association...Show More Summary
The Digital Economy Act 2010 included new powers enabling Ofcom to renew the licences of national and local commercial FM and AM radio stations which were due to expire after 8 April 2010 for a period of seven years. The purpose of these powers was to give commercial radio further incentive to commit to the […]
Several years ago, the United Kingdom passed the controversial Digital Economy Act, which included provisions for disconnecting Internet users accused of repeat copyright infringement. That bill generated protests, but ultimately passed. Show More Summary
As we reported a few months back, the UK's misbegotten Digital Economy Act continues to go nowhere fast, with warning letters for alleged illegal filesharing unlikely to go out until 2016, if ever. As you can imagine, the UK recording...Show More Summary
Three years ago there was controversy in the UK when the government passed the Digital Economy Act, part of which included the sending of warning letters to alleged infringers. But with that law yet to be implemented the recording industry has apparently grown tired of waiting. Show More Summary
UK ISP subscribers may not have to suffer being blocked from accessing certain websites, like The Pirate Bay and KAT.ph, following an unexpected about-turn from the government which has proposed dropping... Keep reading ?
Techdirt readers may recall that over three years ago, the UK's Digital Economy Act was passed in totally disgraceful circumstances. Since then, almost nothing has been heard about it, as British civil servants grapple with the fact that this poorly-drafted law is almost impossible to implement in any sensible way. Show More Summary
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.