Rights holders to bear 75 percent of Online Digital Economy Act copyright infringement costs
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Issued 14 September 2010 BIS
The Government today set out how costs would be shared as part of the Digital
Economy Act’s measures to tackle online infringement of copyright.
The decision will see costs resulting from these measures split between
rights holders and internet service providers (ISPs) at a ratio of 75:25
Responding to its consultation on sharing costs for implementing the initial
obligations to send notifications to consumers who have infringed online
copyright, the Government also announced no fee will be charged to consumers who
want to appeal a notification.
Minister for Communications, Ed Vaizey, commented:
“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.
“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
“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.”
The costs sharing decision applies to both the notification and appeals
process. Following serious consideration of the issue of appeal costs, it has
been decided that no fee should be charged to internet subscribers who wish to
use the appeal system to refute a notification. However as a free system risks
the possibility of large numbers of unnecessary appeals, the Government will
monitor the situation closely, and reserves the right to introduce a small fee
at a later stage.
The decision will now be notified to the European Commission before being
introduced in Parliament as a Statutory Order. Ofcom’s Online Copyright
Infringement Initial Obligations Code will implement the notifications process
and will also reflect the decision on costs. This will come into force in the
first half of 2011.
- The Government’s full response to the consultation can be found at:
- The Digital Economy Act 2010 can be found at:
- For further information call Jo Robotham on 020 7215 5950
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