Digital Economy Act

Digital Economy Act On Trial

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This is one of a set of posts detailing the main arguments made in Court during the Judicial Review of the Digital Economy Act - R (on the application of BT and TalkTalk) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. This post covers the first day. A summary of day three can be found here, and day four here.

Today the Digital Economy Act was put on trial. Lawyers from BT and TalkTalk (with submissions from Consumer Focus and the ORG) went to the High Court to argue that sections 3 to 18 of the Act (concerning online infringement of copyright) were illegal and should be struck out. Present to defend the Act were a legal team from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and lawyers representing certain parts of the copyright industry (including PACT and the BPI).

Pirate Party Alarmed by Extra-Judicial Web Blocking Initiative

Tuesday, 22 March, 2011 - 16:00

The Pirate Party UK has learned that the Motion Pictures Association (MPA), British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Communications Minister Ed Vaizey are urging British Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to implement a new and secretive extra-judicial web-blocking scheme. This scheme is intended to block websites alleged to facilitate copyright infringement, after copyright industry impatience due to delays in the implementation of the Digital Economy Act.

Pirate Party UK Disappointed with Introduction of an 'Internet Levy'

Tuesday, 14 September, 2010 - 18:30

The Pirate Party UK is both pleased and disappointed with the Government's plans for sharing the costs of the measures to tackle online infringement of copyright in the Digital Economy Act. These measures involve forcing ISPs to send notifications to those individuals that copyright owners (or their agents) have accused of infringing copyright online and to collate data on the accusations made.

A Guide to the Digital Economy Act - Part 5

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This is the final in a series of posts explaining what the Digital Economy Act will do, how it works and how it will affect individuals.

  1. Introduction and the Initial Obligations Code
  2. Technical Measures to Limit Internet Access
  3. Subscriber Appeals
  4. Web-blocking
  5. Other Provisions and Summary

This series is aimed at providing an objective and descriptive overview of the legislation, rather than opinion or comment on the content. Some parts may be legally technical

Pirate Party Responds to Ofcom's Digital Economy Act Consultation

Saturday, 31 July, 2010 - 20:00

During the gaps between elections the Pirate Party is working hard to protect the rights of citizens and businesses across the country. Last week the Party submitted its response to Ofcom's consultation on the Initial Obligations Code; part of the measures on online infringement of copyright included in the Digital Economy Act 2010.

Last chance to respond to OFCOM's DEA consultation

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Tomorrow, the 30th July, is the deadline for submitting responses to OFCOM about their consultation on the Initial Obligations Code for the Digital Economy Act (DEA).

The draft Code that was sent out for consultation has several serious flaws, not least  of which is its failure to put in place an effective scheme to ensure the reliability and transparency of evidence-collection used in the process of issuing Copyright Infringement Reports.

A Guide to the Digital Economy Act - Part 4

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This is the fourth in a series of posts explaining what the Digital Economy Act will do, how it works and how it will affect individuals.

  1. Introduction and the Initial Obligations Code
  2. Technical Measures to Limit Internet Access
  3. Subscriber Appeals
  4. Web-blocking
  5. Other Provisions and Summary

This series is aimed at providing an objective and descriptive overview of the legislation, rather than opinion or comment on the content. Some parts may be legally technical

A Guide to the Digital Economy Act - Part 3

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This is the third in a series of posts explaining what the Digital Economy Act will do, how it works and how it will affect individuals.

  1. Introduction and the Initial Obligations Code
  2. Technical Measures to Limit Internet Access
  3. Subscriber Appeals
  4. Web-blocking
  5. Other Provisions and Summary

This series is aimed at providing an objective and descriptive overview of the legislation, rather than opinion or comment on the content. Some parts may be legally technical

A Guide to the Digital Economy Act - Part 2

Will Tovey's picture

This is the second in a series of posts explaining what the Digital Economy Act will do, how it works and how it will affect individuals.

  1. Introduction and the Initial Obligations Code
  2. Technical measures to limit Internet access
  3. Subscriber Appeals
  4. Web-blocking
  5. Other Provisions and Summary

This series is aimed at providing an objective and descriptive overview of the legislation, rather than opinion or comment on the content. Some parts may be legally technical.

A Guide to the Digital Economy Act - Part 1

Will Tovey's picture

This is the first in a series of posts explaining what the Digital Economy Act will do, how it works and how it will affect individuals.

  1. Introduction and the Initial Obligations Code
  2. Technical measures to limit Internet access
  3. Subscriber appeals
  4. Web-blocking
  5. Other Provisions and Summary

This series is aimed at providing an objective and descriptive overview of the legislation, rather than opinion or comment on the content. Some parts may be legally technical.

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