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IRIS 2010-6:1/33

United Kingdom

The Digital Economy Bill Becomes Law

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David Goldberg

deeJgee Research/Consultancy

The Digital Economy Bill became law, passed in the final days of the last UK Parliament. The Bill was preceded by a White Paper, entitled ‘Digital Britain’, published by the Government in June 2009.

The law covers a wide range of matters. The Act makes provisions about: the functions of the Office of Communications; online infringement of copyright and penalties for infringement of copyright and performers’ rights; internet domain registries; the functions of the Channel Four Television Corporation; the regulation of television and radio services; the regulation of the use of the electromagnetic spectrum; the Video Recordings Act 1984; and the public lending right in relation to electronic publications.

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