Piracy laws UK 2015

Internet users who continue to break the piracy laws may find themselves in trouble with the law thanks to renewed regulations Digital Economy Act (DEA). The piracy laws in the UK for 2015 are therefore tighter than ever before in an effort to stamp down on file sharing sites and those who continue to flout the law.
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Digital Economy Act

Back in 2010 the government put in place legislation that allowed for websites to be blocked along with other measures designed to stop piracy theft. The website blocking provision was dropped in 2011 but the other regulations continue and additional laws were also put in place. By 2012 Ofcom had spent £1.8m implementing the online copyright infringement provisions of the DEA.


Part of the renewed regulations allows for users to be sent warning letters that are followed up with legal proceedings if the user doesn’t stop. There’s been a lengthy court case around this and other issues connected to the DEA, and the Internet Service Providers' Association (Ispa) doesn’t believe that the laws are yet in place to allow the DEA to send these letters out. Perhaps the UK should look to other nations for advice on how to tackle internet piracy.

International laws

There are similar but more successful campaigns taking place in other nations around the world. In February 2014 the USA began a “six strikes” campaign that saw five of its biggest ISPs issuing notices to alleged copyright infringers. This system sends out six warning letters to suspected pirates. The penalty for noncompliance is that their internet access is limited. Users in other countries don’t get as much warning. The government of New Zealand recently boasted that piracy rates have halved in their country thanks to their three strikes rule.

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