UK Copyright Law held up

An attempt by the UKgovernment to intervene to save Big Content’s profits has been held up for ten months by a high court challenge.

The Blighty government has decided to turn public resources over to Big Content to cover up its shonky internet sales model. The enforcement of the Digital Economy Act, which would have seen thousands of warning letters winging their way to people that the movie and music industry think have nicked their content, will be 10 months later than planned.

The code sets out how music and film companies can take steps to identify people accused of illegal downloading. However two of the UK’s biggest internet service providers BT and TalkTalk took the case to court.

Now the government said that the measures, which has been dubbed the initial obligations code, should be introduced by October.

A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport told the Guardian  that the ten month delay is setting a deadline and it is hoped that the code will be out before then.

The spokesman said it was more important to get a scheme which works, rather than rushing it through.

Under the government’s controversial anti-filesharing scheme, ISPs send notification letters to customers accused of illegal downloading by music and film companies.

If you ignore the letters you could have your internet access slowed or blocked.

The ISPs do not like the idea of becoming the copyright cops for Big Content, which has a habit of not being able to identify people correctly and then expecting others to throw the book at their suspects.