The Digital Economy Act (the “Act“) finally received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and the final text has recently been published. First introduced in the House of Commons in July 2016, it has been the subject of much scrutiny and debate by both Houses of Parliament. With the General Election looming, the legislation was passed in a final sweep as part of the so-called “wash up” period before the dissolution of Parliament.
Tag: intellectual property
In February 2017, search engines (such as Google and Bing) and representatives of the creative industries agreed a voluntary code of practice to demote copyright infringing website links from the first page of search results for consumers in the UK. The UK Intellectual Property Office, Ofcom and Department for Media, Culture and Sport assisted the agreement.
Following on from a number of decisions in which internet service providers (“ISPs“) were ordered to block their customers from accessing websites whose content infringed the rights of intellectual property owners, the High Court has granted an order sought by the Premier League that requires 6 major ISPs to block access by their customers to servers that stream live unauthorised footage of Premier League matches (The Football Association Premier League Limited V British Telecommunications and Ors.  EWHC 480 (Ch)).