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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Britain Waiting for Code of Practice

Britain Waiting for Code of Practice

Britain Waiting for Code of Practice

Added: Monday, October 25th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) announced recently that it is going to publish details of how the government wants to enforce the DEA in the next few weeks. However, it cautions that it needs to have reliable sources of authorized copyrighted content if the DEA is to succeed and get the UK to the “right place.”


Ofcom has been developing a framework for how broadband providers will be forced to comply with the DEA’s provision that requires “three-strikes” for repeat infringers and filtering of sites hosting illegal material. The development has begun since the DEA was approved this spring.

The process is expected to take eight months in total, as it’s the maximum period DEA allows for since the moment of Royal Assent. Short time after DEA was passed Ofcom released a draft of the code.

Despite the Open Rights Group said that everything was falling behind schedule, Ofcom assures that the code is only a few weeks away, which means it has lots of time to meet the deadline. Ed Richards, Ofcom’s CEO, announced that the code is expected to be published somewhere within the next few weeks. The code would be about enforcement and introducing the methods that the Act sets out. Ofcom promised to do that and then observe how it would unfold over the next months.

Richards added that the code is going to base upon the draft, but never mentioned to what degree. The recently released draft included a vow to establish a subscriber appeals scheme, addressing at least some concerns.

However, the bigger concern was about Wi-Fi, and this one was not present in the draft, so it’s still not clear whether the final version of the code of practice addresses the problem. It was only a few days ago when the new study revealed that large swaths of home Wi-Fi connections are unsecured, thus making many susceptible to false copyright violation claims.

Nevertheless, Ofcom acknowledges that enforcement is just one part of the equation, and admits that there is a need for legitimate sources of copyrighted content available to the citizens in case the DEA is to succeed.

The matter is that the rights owners tend to hold content hostage to observe arbitrary geographic release dates and restrictions. In this case peer-to-peer has always helped consumers to access content at the same time as the people at the other end of the world do. In other words, file-sharing will most likely continue regardless of what Ofcom decides.

October 25th, 2010

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Date:  Monday, October 25th, 2010

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-10-25 17:29:48)
CaptCosmo avatarI started to learn to share as a child. Now, as a mature adult I continue with this practice in all phases of my life. It is part of my nature now. I even share my connection with friends & neighbors. My BELKIN N1 WiFi system easily broadcasts over 1500 feet and has been unsecured for years now. It is always on. The sensitive & personal materials are well secured on an isolated sub network not accessable thru WiFi. With all this said, I've never had a problem yet and I don't expect to have one either.

posted by (2010-10-25 20:43:04)
katep avataras soon as this goes into force I am joining a vpn might be 46 pound a year but will be so worth it

posted by ET junkieET loverSupermanmen (2010-10-26 15:25:02)
serenity21 avatarI had an E-mail today from my ISP warning me about downloading between 09.00-9pm i suppose thats the start and what else can they do?

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