A quick one: the Guardian reports that “senior media industry figures believe” that the Digital Economy Bill will become law before the forthcoming general election (expected in April/May 2010).
Interesting to speculate who these unnamed sources are, or why they think the Bill will be pushed through soonish. To us, at the moment, there seems to be a healthy amount of opposition to the Bill in the House of Lords, and it hasn’t even got to the House of Commons yet – all of which suggests it may take longer than expected for the Bill to get through. Still, the point is that the Bill genuinely could become law in the next few months. Our thoughts on the Digital Economy Bill and its implications for games are here. Since we wrote that post, matters have moved on somewhat, since the controversial clause 17 has been voted down. This has led to fresh controversy however over whether its replacement is even worse!
We’ll report more on the Bill and games as and when there is a further, more ‘final’ version of the Bill (and once it becomes clearer if the Bill is actually like to become law before the next election).
Follow us at www.twitter.com/gamerlaw or subscribe to our weekly email newsletter here
[image author: Andrew Dunn, obtained via Wikipedia]