- Laws being proposed that would mean anyone found guilty of streaming copyrighted content without permission 10 or more times within 6 months would face up to 5 years in prison.
- US government and copyright holders would have the right to ask for court orders against any site accused of enabling and facilitating piracy.
- US based internet service providers (ISPs), payment processors and advertisers would be outlawed from doing business with alleged copyright infringers.
- The bill would also outlaw sites containing information on how to access blocked sites
- The Digital Economy Act 2010 was rushed through parliament at the end of a Labour Administration.
- It has since changed a number of times but the main provision remains a letter-writing campaign targeting people identified as illegal downloaders.
- The letters would offer advice on how to stop illegal activities- but would not make demands for money or threaten disconnection.
- The letter campaign was originally decided to begin in 2013 but was recently moved to 2015.
- The act has been challenged in court by ISPs including Talk Talk and BT, who argue it unfairly makes them police user’s behaviour.
Regulation Bodies and Acts
IFPI- International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
- Represents recording industry worldwide.
- Mission is to promote the value of recorded music, safeguard the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music in markets where it’s members operate.
Sopa- Stop Online Piracy Act
- United States bill to expand the ability of US law enforcement to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.
ACTA- Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
- Worldwide agreement
- 22 EU member states including UK signed the agreement in January 2012
- Only Germany, The Netherlands, Cyprus, Estonia and Slovakia are states from the EU who did not sign up.
- The US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea also part of ACTA
- Proposes to improve the enforcement of intellectual property rights in participating countries
- Protests against the agreement- most vocal taking place in Poland