Minister Confirms There Will Be No Repeal Of Digital Economy
A spokesman for Jeremy Hunt, the new minister for Culture Olympics, Media and Sport, has announced today that the controversial Digital Economy Bill will not be repealed.
The act which was rushed through parliament ahead of the recent parliamentary elections, has been described as "an abuse of the parliamentary process."
The department of business, innovation and skills (BIS) will join with Hunt's department to implement the act but both groups have said that secondary legislation on copyright infringement will be required before this can happen.
The date when this secondary legislation will be put before parliament is still unknown at this point but the groups have reassured us that this will happen in the near future.
Many internet savvy tech experts were appauled by the contents of the Digital Economy Bill, and today's news that the act will not be repealed will undoubtedly upset many.
However CE of the Federation Against Software Theft, Mr John Lovelock said today that this was great news for internet privacy.
He hoped that the proposed graduated response provisions which have been built into the act, known as "three strikes and out", should drive traffic towards legitimate download sites.
Lovelock also stated that in the last year software piracy rose to 27 per cent and cost the software industry £1.1bn.
Most of the act's provisions will come into play on the 9th June this year, only two months after the act was rushed through court. Internet Piracy laws however will have to wait.
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