Age Ratings, Anti-Piracy Subject of UK Digital Economy Bill

November 18, 2009 -

A few details regarding Britain’s Digital Economy Bill were touched on this morning as part of the Queen’s Speech to Parliament, in which the monarch outlines the coming legislative agenda.

Among the forthcoming actions will be a mandatory age rating on all videogames aimed at children ages 12 and above, reports the Guardian. The Bill calls for the adoption of the Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) system as the method of classifying games in the UK, replacing the current practice of using both PEGI and British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) ratings.

The Digital Economy Bill would also tackle piracy, proposing a tough policy much like France’s three-strike Hadopi Law. Those caught committing piracy will receive a warning letter, followed by a second, more stern letter that will caution the user that “technical measures” could be implemented in order to stop them from stealing files.

Failing the second warning, a pirate would be placed on a “serious infringers list” which would allow ISPs to disconnect them from the Internet. Those about to be disconnected will have 20 days to appeal their case before an independent body. They will also be able to appeal the case if they lose, again within 20 days. The Guardian has a flow chart that illustrates the full process (PDF).

First Secretary Lord Mandelson does not expect widespread disconnections as a result of the pending legislation:

Technical measures will be a last resort and I have no expectation of mass suspensions resulting. The British government's view is that taking people's work without due payment is wrong and that, as an economy based on creativity, we cannot sit back and do nothing as this happens.

The government hopes to cut piracy by 70% before April 2011.

The Open Rights Group believes the proposed disconnect laws to be illegal, adding that “Evidence cannot show who may have infringed copyright, only what connection was used.” They urge people to contact their MP to oppose “these draconian proposals.”

The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) applauded the outline of the Bill, stating:

ELSPA believes the proposed UK adoption of the Pan-European Games Information (PEGI) classification system to be an important step in ensuring child safety when gaming. The video games industry offers its full support to the Government in this.

On the other side of the fence, while noting that the Digital Britain report was announced with “grand ambition,” the Guardian calls the Digital Economy Bill “more plumbing than poetry, in many places little more than a series of disconnected tweaks to existing legislation.”


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Re: Age Ratings, Anti-Piracy Subject of UK Digital Economy ...

How the hell are they going to notice which people are pirating & which aren't through their ISP's?!?! I laugh at them! Do they realize there are softwares available to make sure there isa firewall or wall that no outside source is watching their keystrokes or what sites they are looking at or what they are downloading?!?!?!? O.o UGH!!! & even if they did find out, it would either be the wrong person & screw over whoever is the owner of the computer or do something else like hack into a computer & go through the backdoor w/out being caught. When I read what Britian would do, I thought of soooo many loop holes in their bill they might pass. & they are being very lenient on the people too. If the government wants to do something about it, then shit just give them a warning & then take the pirate to court. Sounds like sissies to me. On another topic, me & many of us on here I'm sure have pirated many files, music, movies & so on. It's not that hard. & it's free. Plus why pay for something that the original owner has already made tons of money on, when we can get it for free w/out no one knowing. So Britian passing this bill will only spend money on something that is wasteful spending. Oih! *eyes rolling*

 

 

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Re: Age Ratings, Anti-Piracy Subject of UK Digital Economy ...

There is still a good possibility that this won't get passed in the Parliament.

The piracy laws were only beefed up after Mandelson was bribed by one of the top guys at Dreamworks.

Re: Age Ratings, Anti-Piracy Subject of UK Digital Economy ...

I suspect he has to be bribed to even get out of bed.

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Copyright should only be absolute in cases where its illicitly sold, any other case of it is part of the width and breath of not only technology but a natural part of how media discriminates throughout the people and the world, not to mention some of which is consumer rights based they are trying to toss out any and all options other than renting it from them and that is ahorrid .


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Re: Age Ratings, Anti-Piracy Subject of UK Digital Economy ...

Reduce piracy by 70%? Who's ass did they pull that number out of?

Re: Age Ratings, Anti-Piracy Subject of UK Digital Economy ...

ACTA will probably force us to make more drastic changes than the country is doing here.

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