Britain’s Digital Economy Bill – a first critical look

This is an explanation and analysis of the “copyright infringement provisions” the Digital Economy Bill — strictly speaking this means clauses 4 to 15 which amend the Communications Act 2003 to add new sections 124A to 124L, but I am also considering clauses 16 (definitions) and 17 (amendments to copyright law) as well.These provisions are being popularly referred to as “three strikes” law directed against peer to peer file sharing. This is an extremely serious misconception. The bill gives enormous powers – exercisable with no Parliamentary oversight – to the Secretary of State to require the disconnection of individuals’ internet access for any reason. Not only is there no requirement for such disconnections to relate to a number of “strikes” there is no need for disconnection to be linked to infringement of copyright.

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