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OfCom draft “Internet piracy code of practice” in UK

OfCom, UK’s independent competition & regulatory authority for telecommunications industry, has released a new draft of their policies towards Internet piracy, as part of its new duties under Digital Economy Act 2010. “In passing Act, Parliament’s intention was that Ofcom should apply obligations in a proportionate way, with code initially covering only larger fixed-line ISPs, but with clear message that, should levels of copyright infringement on other networks, including mobile, increase then those ISPs will similarly be required to comply with obligations. This would mean that seven largest ISPs – BT, Talk Talk, Virgin Media, Sky, Orange, O2 and Post Office – will be covered by code from outset.

ISPs will’ve to record number of notifications sent to their subscribers and maintain an anonymised list of alleged serial copyright infringers. Copyright holders can then request information on this list and pursue a court order to identify serial infringers and take legal action against them. Ofcom is proposing three stage notification process for ISPs to inform subscribers of copyright infringements & proposes that subscribers which’ve received three notifications within a year may be included in a list requested by a copyright owner.”


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