Digital Economy Act

Digital Economy Act Lite To Roll Out

Tuesday, 22 July, 2014 - 16:00

The "Digital Economy Act lite" programme of sending spam "education" emails announced under a voluntary agreement between copyright industry bodies and ISPs is to roll out.

The four big ISPs - BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky - are set to surveil their customers and send out emails under the scheme called Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (Vcap).

The controversial Digital Economy Act, forced through in the dying days of the Gordon Brown Government set out a similar scheme, but it has not been enacted.

UK web users face a backdoor Digital Economy Act

Loz is quoted in an article at The Inquirer about deal between BPI and ISPs to send 'piracy' warning letters.

Friday, 9 May, 2014 - 12:00

Digital Economy Act By the Back Door Plans

Friday, 9 May, 2014 - 09:45

A deal between entertainment industry bodies and major UK Internet service providers to target downloading is "imminent", according to the BBC.

BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media will send letters to alleged "pirates", in a version of plans set out in the controversial and unpopular Digital Economy Act.

The Digital Economy Act was passed at the very end of the Labour government in 2010, but has since stalled.

Copyright enforcement groups have agreed to pay towards the system, but ISPs will still have to foot the remainder of the bill.

Copyright and Patent Reform

Sharing is Caring

“The only way to even try to limit file sharing, is to introduce
surveillance of everybody’s private communication.”

BT is the final major ISP to block The Pirate Bay

BT is the UK's final major internet service provider to block The Pirate Bay, following a high court order for ISPs censor the torrent site.

The Pirate Party's leader, Loz Kaye, said, "Last year, Vince Cable promised the country that the site blocking provisions of the Digital Economy Act would not be implemented, this was widely interpreted as meaning the coalition is opposed to web censorship."

"Blocks on Pirate Bay have effectively short-circuited the democratic process."

Thursday, 21 June, 2012 - 01:00

Wired: Laurence Kaye vs Laurence Kaye- the pirate and the lawyer in conversation

Laurence Kaye, known as Loz Kaye, is the leader of the Pirate Party, which strives to reform copyright and patent laws and drive state transparency and open rights.

Laurence Kaye , known as Laurie Kaye, is a lawyer specialising in digital law and intellectual property. Wired.co.uk took the opportunity to get both Laurence Kayes into a room to talk about the Digital Economy Act, copyright reform, site-blocking and the Digital Copyright Exchange.

Tuesday, 3 January, 2012 (All day)

Digital Economy Act: A Foregone Conclusion?

Was the Digital Economy Act always going to be implemented? The latest revelations in the Act’s complex two year history shows that it was always going to happen, and that public consultation on the matter was just a sham.

“These documents show how outrageously complicit everyone from the entertainment industry, politicians and unions were in framing the Digital Economy Act,” PPUK Chair Loz Kaye told TorrentFreak.

Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 01:00

MPs in new 'Pirate' Scare

Friday, 27 September, 2013 - 13:45

The Pirate Party questions the basis and conclusions of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's new report - Supporting the Creative Economy.

There are calls for Google to change its search results policy, to hike sentencing for IP infringement to 10 years and to delay the copyright reforms proposed by the Hargreaves review. The Committee's chair John Whittingdale MP said "the Government must use the powers given to it by Parliament in the Digital Economy Act" if a so-called voluntary Internet policing agreement between the big content industry and ISPs fails to emerge.

Digital Economy Act By The Back Door

Monday, 2 September, 2013 - 15:45

Internet Service Providers are being asked to create a database of customers suspected of downloading music, films and books without a license. Those identified on the database could then be disconnected or face legal action.

Measures to combat digital piracy will also be discussed at a Downing Street breakfast on 12 September to which record-label bosses and the music industry lobby, have been invited.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

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