Games and the Digital Economy Act: an Update

Earlier this year I wrote about the impact UK Digital Economy Act, which was passed by the Labout government earlier this year, and the impact the Digital Economy Act will have on games once it comes fully into force.  Now that has taken a step closer.  Read on for more…  So what’s going on? The… Continue reading Games and the Digital Economy Act: an Update

Digital Economy Bill becomes law

The Digital Economy Bill was passed into law yesterday after a late night Third Reading and wash up procedure.  More details are here. As we’ve discussed previously, the Digital Economy Bill has significant implications for the games industry (though admittedly the final form of DEB has changed somewhat as a result of the last minute Parliamentary… Continue reading Digital Economy Bill becomes law

Digital Economy Bill nears endgame

UPDATE (07/04/10): The Digital Economy Bill passed its second reading yesterday afternoon, despite a rearguard action from the likes of Tom Watson, John Redwood and Don Foster. Here are more details of the second reading of DEB (via BBC).  Of particular interest is Harriet Harman’s claim that the controversial measures in DEB will be subject… Continue reading Digital Economy Bill nears endgame

Digital Economy Bill may become law before election

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… Continue reading Digital Economy Bill may become law before election

Need to Know: Games and the Digital Economy Bill

The UK Digital Economy Bill has real implications for all UK creative industries, including games, meaning gamers and the UK games industry should be paying attention to the Bill’s progress through Parliament.  This post summarises what the Bill is and why it matters. What is the Digital Economy Bill? The Digital Britain Bill (“DEB” for… Continue reading Need to Know: Games and the Digital Economy Bill

New House of Lords proposal could water down Digital Economy Bill

A new proposal by the House of Lords could weaken the effect of the most contentious aspects of the Digital Economy Bill, being: (i) obligations on ISP to assist in curbing online infringement; and (ii) the Government’s ability to modify the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 by order. (Thanks to Tom Watson for this tip.)… Continue reading New House of Lords proposal could water down Digital Economy Bill

Analysis: Three Strikes Coming In?

This is the text of our guest editorial just published on gamesindustry.biz: Fight the Good Fight A battle is underway throughout Europe regarding the protection of online content (including videogames), in which governments, rights holders, ISPs and consumers are all weighing in and the resolution of which will have great importance for the games industry. The genesis… Continue reading Analysis: Three Strikes Coming In?