DEA three strikes delayed till 2013

November 2011


Campbell Cowie, Director Of Internet Policy at media regulator OfCom, has said that warning letters under the three-strikes style anti-piracy system put in place by the Digital Economy Act are now not likely to go out until 2013 and he told delegates at the Westminster eForum in London that drafting the code that will set out how the so called graduated response system for tackling illegal file-sharing will work has proved very difficult indeed. Whilst moves by ISP’s BT and TalkTalk to block the copyright section of the DEA by judicial review have proved a hindrance, Cowie indicated that other matters have caused delays in launching three-strikes, in particular gaining confidence in the technology used to identify individual web users suspected of file-sharing, and working out exactly how the appeals process will work. The music industry originally hoped strike one – the sending out of warning letters to suspected file-sharers – would have begun earlier this year, but it now looks likely it won’t happen until 2013.   (24th October 2011)

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