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Repeal the copyright infringement sections in the Digital Economy Act

Comment 8th July 2010

To repeal the copyright infringement sections within the Digital Economy Act 2010.


The legislation doesn't tell us how the system will operate and as such members of the lords and commons were asked to pass legislation without knowing precisely how it would work in practice.

It is unclear who could be classed as an internet service provider, rather than a subscriber, and when people ask for guidance they aren't given a clear answer and are expected to hire lawyers to interpret the legislation that is so unclear.

Why does this matter?

The legislation was ill thought through

it was rushed through in the "wash up" process

it is disproportionate

the legislation is unbalanced, not least because key sections which were in the original bill were then dropped at the last minute – such as regulation of the collecting societies, and providing a solution to the orphan works problem.

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