The Digital Rights Bill


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The Digital Economy Act 2010 is a law passed by the British government June 8th 2010 to regulate Digital Media.
The idea for the bill was initially put forward by Labour Party politician Peter Mandelson and came into force on 8 June 2010 after it
had received Royal Assent.The reason it has been introduced, is to prevent software piracy and to give regulatory telecommunications authorities
such as Ofcom, extra power to combat piracy.

The Act has gained criticism from many consumer rights groups.The act permits the
introduction of "technical measures" which will reduce the quality or even terminate infingers' Internet Connections.
Other provisions in the Act include an amendment to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. This amendment aims to increase
criminal Liabilty for business made from copyright infringment with fines of up to £50,000.

It allows regulatory bodys such as Ofcom to collect Internet Protocol addresses which they believe have infringed copyright.
Ofcom will produce progress reports every three months detailing the level of copyright infringment throughout the country.
They have the ability to limit internet access in any way they deem necessary.

The Digital Economy Act is a follow up of the Digital Britain Report of June 2009.The bill received opposition from The Pirate Party UK and the Green Party whos core policies are to bring about reform to Copyright and Patent laws, support privacy and reduce surveillance from government and businesses, and guarantee genuine freedom of speech for everyone.

Internet Service Providers such as virgin Media and TalkTalk, have said that they are commited to addressing the issue of copyright infringment however
feel that hard hitting methods from the Bill itself may actually alienate Internet users.

References:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8569750.stm

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/24/contents

http://paidcontent.co.uk/article/419-digital-economy-bill-quick-guide-to-all-45-measures/