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Opinions Split on UK Copyright Law

Opinions Split on UK Copyright Law

Added: Thursday, October 20th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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The UK copyright legislation, Digital Economy Act, has been challenged by the Tory Coalition partner, and Julian Huppert, a Liberal Democrat MP, suggested a motion which would repeal parts of the legislation related to website blocking.


Julian Huppert is the Member of Parliament for Cambridge and chair of the Liberal Democrats’ IT policy working group, known for tabling a number of amendments to the Protection of Freedoms Bill. The matter is that it would have had the effect of repealing sections 17 to 18 of the Digital Economy Act. These ones allow for blocking the websites alleged of violating copyright.

The media reported that the idea had gone nowhere, because the discussion had run out of time. However, it’s seen that the Liberal Democrats are planning to try and take down the Digital Economy Act. Julian Huppert admitted that despite the fact that this amendment had failed, they would keep looking for opportunities. The legislation of the United Kingdom was designed to protect Hollywood from growing digital piracy. The DEA includes provision to disconnect copyright violators from the web. In addition, the law allows for website blocking. The country’s Internet service providers, led by BT and TalkTalk, are already opposing the law through the courts. They were granted leave for a fresh appeal a week ago.

According to the enforced legislation, all that the copyright holder has to do to get an online service taken offline is to suspect that piracy has been committed. In other words, no evidence is required at the moment. However, many industry observers believe that the Digital Economy Act was rushed through during the last days of the Labour government. As a result, in September the Liberal Democrats formally asked to repeal some of the provisions of the introduced legislation.

Although the Conservatives could have blamed Labour for such legislation, they did not do that for the obvious reason: this move could anger their chums in entertainment industry. That’s why they have only offered a 6-month review of current IP protection legislation so far. The UK’s Communications Minister Ed Vaizey called the high court challenge to the Digital Economy Act by BT and TalkTalk “odd”. This was no surprise to anyone, because Vaizey was the one promoting the new legislation.

October 20th,2011

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Date:  Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2011-10-20 21:41:10)
D4T4 avatar"However, many industry observers believe that the Digital Economy Act was rushed through during the last days of the Labour government." Even Stevie Wonder could see that. Mr Mendelson had a nice little holiday at Sony's expense then timed this bill to perfection so that there was no time to discuss it properly in Parliament. Hence it went through unopposed as he had promised Sony it would. (Allegedly).

posted by (2011-10-20 21:42:07)
No avatarwhat is this a boys club i see that can`t for they are in the big (none corrupt ) house down south HE HE HE
sorry !! i cant stop lauphing

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