Paul Quirk, Chairman of the Entertainment Retailers Association has called on government to speed up the implementation of the controversial copyright provisions in the Digital Economy Act, arguing that ongoing delays in launching “three-strikes” system contained were costing the British music and DVD industries millions. Quirk added that since the DEA was passed into law in June 2010 the annual value of UK music and video sales has declined by £250 million, and that he believes a significant portion of that loss was down to the ongoing growth of online piracy.
Referring to the implementation of the DEA’s ‘graduated response’ process, Quirk told his organisation’s AGM yesterday: “The best information we have is that the first letters to suspected file-sharers will not be sent out until the second half of 2012 and disconnections of persistent pirates will not happen before 2013. This is unacceptable. We need action on internet piracy – and we need it now. Not all of the sales decline is down to piracy, but a substantial part of it certainly is and every further day of delay will only make those losses greater”. UK Media regulator OfCom, who are set to manage the anti-piracy elements of the DEA, are still finalising the exact process for sending out warning letters to suspected infringers, while also working out what the ‘technical measures’ employed against those who ignore them will be
Separately UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Royal Television Society that Google and other websites should take action to ensure that they do not link to websites that primarily promote copyright infringement and provide links to pirated material. Hunt also called on advertisers to not buy advertising with infringing sites, and credit card companies to refuse to take money on behalf of such sites.
www.thecmuwebsite.com (15th September 2011)