Digital Economy Bill
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A lot has been written about the UK’s controversial Digital Economy Act, which passed in April in the last days of Gordon Brown’s government. What there has been a lack of, however, is facts and guides about the Act, an omission which the UK Pirate Party has attempted to solve. When the Digital Economy Bill was going through stages, it was rushed through the House of Commons – the elected half of the UK’s Parliament – in a period known as washup, with the only debate session being poorly attended and full of completely inaccurate pro-Bill statements.
When the last UK Parliament rushed the Digital Economy Act into law without debate, hours before it dissolved for the election, it appointed Ofcom, the telcoms regulator, to work out the details. Specifically, it charged Ofcom with sorting out some high standards for what evidence a rightsholder would have to produce in order to finger an online infringer (the DEA gives these rightsholders the power to eventually disconnect entire families from the internet on the strength of these accusations). Now Ofcom has abrogated its duty to the public and announced that the record and film industry can "self-regulate" their evidence-gathering procedures; in other words, anything that the MPA or BPI say counts as proof that you've violated copyright goes.
Avec son projet destiné à réprimer les téléchargements hors marchés, le Royaume-Uni se confronte comme en France à la problématique des réseaux Wi-Fi ouverts, ces fameux Hotspots d’entreprises, universités, bibliothèques, etc. La riposte graduée plutôt que de s’en prendre aux « pirates », tape sur les doigts des abonnés : c’est le propriétaire de l’accès internet qui se retrouve aux premières lignes puisqu’on lui reproche de ne pas avoir sécurisé « son » accès d’où des fichiers illicites auront été échangés. Une justice facile qui évite tant de tracasseries (perquisition, etc.) et permet des actions de masse.
28 May 2010 Last updated at 13:38 GMT Some nations are threatening to cut off persistent copyright infringers Lists of Britons who infringe copyright are to be drawn up by the UK's biggest ISPs, under proposals from the regulator Ofcom.
Two of the UK’s leading Internet service providers are teaming up to challenge the Digital Economy Act. TalkTalk and BT say they want the High Court to examine whether the Act, which was rushed through before the recent general election, was passed without going through the correct parliamentary procedures. In early April the UK Government forced through the controversial Digital Economy Bill after its third reading and just two hours debate. Complaints that the legislation was far too important to be passed through during the last minute ‘wash-up’ period were ignored, and the Digital Economy Act was born. “It’s our belief that this haste meant the Digital Economy Bill, as it then was, became law without being properly scrutinised and without its impact being properly assessed,” writes TalkTalk boss Charles Dunstone today.