Piracy ‘Three-Strikes’ Law Delayed Until 2015
The new controversial system is part of the Digital Economy Act, which will force ISPs to send people letters informing them they have been caught downloading illegally copyrighted content.
Anyone who receives three letters in a year will have their details added to a list; copyright holders, such as film companies, record labels and software companies, can then get a court order and force ISP to hand over customers details so they can take legal action.
But the new ‘three-strikes’ system has been dogged by delays after legal challenges from BT and TalkTalk, the government said it was originally planned for 2011, but will not be introduced before the end of 2015.
The government has also said that “technical changes” were being made to legislation on who will pay for sending out letters to copyright infringers.
ISPs have expressed alarm at the potential costs they will incur for complying with orders from copyright holders.
The Department for Culture Medial and Sport said the delays were “regrettable”.
The Internet Service Providers Association, which represents Internet companies in the UK, said the legislation was “rushed” and had not been subject to “sufficient scrutiny”. It’s once again called on film, music, software and entertainment companies to “embrace the benefits of the internet” and create better fully licensed legal services rather then pursuing lawsuits.