0370 270 6000

Tightening the net

8 June 2010

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) could soon be compiling a blacklist of online copyright infringers. Ofcom is currently consulting on the code to be followed by ISPs and how, in practice this will be enforced. The consultation ends on 30 July.

For the first time copyright owners will be able to receive a list of infringers for the purpose of bringing legal proceedings and apply to find out the names of those who are alleged to have infringed.  ISPs may also be required to limit or even block internet use.

The Act (and code) will inevitably make an ISP’s life more complicated, since, as well as blacklisting its own customers, there is a risk they become drawn into the inevitable claim, counterclaim and appeal between copyright owner and alleged infringer.

Related opinions

Are whistleblowers entitled to keep their employer’s confidential documents?

In Nissan v Passi, the High Court recently considered the issue of an employee retaining confidential documents belonging to his former employer in the context of the employer’s application for an injunction seeking the return of such documents from the employee.

View blog

Important opportunity to comment on case law precedent

The UK government is considering extending this power to depart from retained EU case law to additional lower courts and tribunals, namely the Court of Appeal in England and Wales and the High Court of Justice in England and Wales and their equivalents.

View blog

Sky’s overly broad trade marks narrowed as found partially invalid for bad faith

Lord Justice Arnold has applied the guidance of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to the evidence before him, in the long standing trade mark dispute between Sky and Skykick.

View blog

Cyber risks – are businesses really ready?

The Hiscox Cyber Readiness report, a review of 3300 organisations, will be a stark warning for CEO’s of SME’s in the UK and in Europe.

View blog

Richard Nicholas

Richard Nicholas

Partner and Responsible for In House Lawyers

View profile

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up