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OFCOM Code Consultation: Mixed News

Having now gone through Ofcom’s consultation paper on the draft Initial Obligations Code, there seems to be both good news and bad news. As with everything else around this Act, a lot of thought has gone into the implications for consumer broadband connections. The consultation document contains several significant improvements for those types of connections. […]

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DEA Costs Consultation Response

I’ve just sent off JANET(UK)’s response to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills consultation on how the costs incurred in implementing the first stage of the Digital Economy Act 2010 will be shared between rightsholders and ISPs. The consultation covers three sets of costs: Costs incurred by ISPs in implementing systems to receive and […]

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Comparing DEA Requirements to JANET AUP

I’ve been having a look at what the first stage of the Digital Economy Act 2010 will require of qualifying ISPs and comparing it with what JANET already requires of the universities and colleges that connect to the network. And I can’t see that the Act would add anything to our existing measures against copyright […]

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DEA – Those Definitions

Ofcom have invited me to a meeting to discuss the definitions in section 16 of the Digital Economy Act 2010, so I’ve been staring at what the Act says and trying to make sense of how it applies to universities or colleges with JANET connections. Since a wide variety of answers to this question have […]

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DEB – Last Amendments

The Digital Economy Bill completed its highly abbreviated journey through the House of Commons last night and now only requires the final approval of the House of Lords to become law. To get enough support from opposition parties two further amendments have been made to the later stages of the copyright enforcement provisions: Clause 11 […]

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DEB – Web Blocking Postponed?

The Government has proposed an amendment to the controversial web-blocking proposals recently added to the Digital Economy Bill. Instead of creating the blocking powers immediately, the amendment would give the Secretary of State the power to do so at some future date. This would be done by Statutory Instrument (SI) – a process that permits […]

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DEB – Government confused, let’s help

The Government has published a factsheet on the position of universities, libraries and others under the Digital Economy Bill. On how these organisations fit the Bill’s definitions, they conclude: Without examining the situation for each university and their relationship with JANET, it is not possible to say whether JANET is acting as an ISP or […]

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Non-photographic indecent images of children

I’ve been reminded that section 62 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, passed last November, created a new offence of possessing non-photographic images of children that are pornographic and fall into one of a number of sexual categories. When the section is brought into force such images will be classed in the same way […]

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EC Consultation on personal data law

The Commission have been running a consultation for several months to inform a possible revision of the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC), which is now fifteen years old and starting to creak under the strain of new ways of doing business. I’ve sent in a JANET(UK) response raising issues we’ve tripped over in developing the UK […]

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Cookies – end of the world, or no change?

The amended EC law requiring opt-in, rather than opt-out, to non-essential cookies was criticised last week as “breathtakingly stupid” because of its implications for advert-funded sites. However advertisers have now said that they don’t think the law requires any change to current practice! So is there a problem, or not? I don’t know, but I […]