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UK: Government sets out Digital Economy infringement costs
Source: publictechnology.net
Source Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Country: Europe
Created: Sep 17, 2010

The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) has announced rights holders will bear 75% of infringement costs, as part of the measures laid out in the Digital Economy Act’s process to counter online copyright infringement.

The remaining 25% of costs would be met by internet service providers.
 
BIS also confirmed there would be no charged to consumers if they want to appeal against a notification. In the 2010 Act, passed during the final days of the Labour government, internet service providers will be required to notify subscribers of reported infringements when this section of the Act comes into force during the first half of 2011.
 
“Protecting our valuable creative industries, which have already suffered significant losses as a result of people sharing digital content without paying for it, is at the heart of these measures,” said communications minister, Ed Vaizey. “The Digital Economy Act serves to reduce online copyright infringement through a fair and robust process and at the same time provides breathing space to develop better business models for consumers who buy music, films and books online.
 
“We expect the measures will benefit our creative economy by some £200m per year and as rights holders are the main beneficiaries of the system, we believe our decision on costs is proportionate to everyone involved.”
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