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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.

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