26 June 2012
Press Release London
London, 26 June 2012 – The Publishers Association (The PA) welcomes Ofcom’s publication of its revised proposed Initial Obligations Code and Sharing of Costs Order. These clarify how the Digital Economy Act (DEA) will operate in practice, including which internet service providers are eligible and how costs are to be determined and allocated. The PA will now engage closely with Ofcom on the short consultation process and begin preparing for participating in the DEA provisions.
Richard Mollet, CEO of The Publisher’s Association, said: “The implementation of the Digital Economy Act is an important step in our fight against online copyright infringement. Although it has taken some time, we are pleased that Government is now pressing ahead with the Digital Economy Act. It will play an important role in safeguarding the creative industries, their work and employees”.
“Above all, the DEA is a communication tool: notifications will ensure that those who are alleged to be infringing copyright online will be written to, made aware of legal alternatives, and warned of further action if they persist. We would anticipate that for very many infringers, these notifications will drive a change in behavior”.
“But the provisions also make it easier to target repeat infringers for civil legal action if that is required. The improvements to the proposed appeals process from previous drafts will ensure that there is no prospect of innocent subscribers being falsely accused.”
“We now have six months in which to work with members to determine whether and to what extent to participate in the first wave of notification sending.”
Notes to Editors
The Publishers Association
The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership is comprised of 117 companies from across the trade, academic and education sectors. Its core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to members, who represent roughly 80% of the industry by turnover. www.publishers.org.uk.
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