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  • Ofcom publishes its draft copyright code for ISPs

    Ofcom has today published a draft code in relation to its regulation of the obligations of internet services providers ("ISPs") under the Digital Economy Act for the public consultation.  A copy of the draft code can be viewed here.


    The code requires ISPs to notify its users in writing of any allegations that their network connection has been used to infringe copyright.  These letters are to be sent out at least one month apart by the ISPs and they must set out the steps its users can take to protect their networks from being used to infringe copyright and direct ...

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  • European Commission launches public consultation on takedown of illegal web content

    On 4 June 2012, the European Commission launched a public consultation across the EU called "A clean and open Internet: Public consultation on procedures for notifying and acting on illegal content hosted by online intermediaries".

    The Commission are seeking responses from Internet Service Providers ("ISPs"), organisations that notify the authorities of illegal content and civil rights organisations.  

    The European Directive on E-Commerce requires the Commission to develop procedures for notifying and removing illegal or infringing content but it does not regulate these procedures in detail.

    The consultation is in response to lobbying from ISPs for clearer and more robust rules ...

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