UK’s Digital Economy Bill enters committee stage

February 2010

All areas

The Digital Economy Bill has now entered the committee stage following two readings in that the House of Lords. The Lords committee will now spend time considering various aspects of the new legislation including proposals for protecting copyright online and the “three strikes” system that could lead to file sharers having their net connections suspended, the role and responsibilities of media regulator OfCom in the digital domain, “clause seventeen” which would give Secretary Of State powers to amend copyright without recourse to Parliament and the responsibilities of the internet service providers for tracking or stopping any piracy undertaken by ISP’s customers (currently set out in clause four on the Bill).

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