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Session 2009 - 10
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Digital Economy Bill [HL]


 

Digital Economy Bill [HL]

 
 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department for Business, Innovation

and Skills and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, are published separately

as Bill 89—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Secretary Ben Bradshaw has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the

Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Digital Economy Bill [HL] are compatible with the

Convention rights.

 
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Contents

General duties of OFCOM

1   

General duties of OFCOM

2   

OFCOM reports on infrastructure, internet domain names etc

3   

OFCOM reports on media content

Online infringement of copyright

4   

Obligation to notify subscribers of reported infringements

5   

Obligation to provide infringement lists to copyright owners

6   

Approval of code about the initial obligations

7   

Initial obligations code by OFCOM in the absence of an approved code

8   

Contents of initial obligations code

9   

Progress reports

10   

Obligations to limit internet access: assessment and preparation

11   

Obligations to limit internet access

12   

Code by OFCOM about obligations to limit internet access

13   

Contents of code about obligations to limit internet access

14   

Subscriber appeals

15   

Enforcement of obligations

16   

Sharing of costs

17   

Interpretation and consequential provision

18   

Preventing access to specified online locations for the prevention of online

copyright infringement

Powers in relation to internet domain registries

19   

Powers in relation to internet domain registries

20   

Appointment of manager of internet domain registry

21   

Application to court to alter constitution of internet domain registry

Channel Four Television Corporation

22   

Functions of C4C in relation to media content

23   

Monitoring and enforcing C4C’s media content duties

Independent television services

24   

Determination of Channel 3 licence areas

 

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25   

Initial expiry date for Channel 3 and 5 and public teletext licences

26   

Initial expiry date: consequential provision

27   

Report by OFCOM on public teletext service

28   

Power to remove OFCOM’s duty to secure provision of public teletext service

29   

Appointed providers of regional or local news

30   

Broadcasting of programmes in Gaelic

Independent radio services

31   

Digital switchover

32   

Renewal of national radio licences

33   

Renewal and variation of local radio licences

34   

Variation of licence period following renewal

35   

Content and character of local sound broadcasting services

36   

Radio multiplex services: frequency and licensed area

37   

Renewal of radio multiplex licences

Regulation of television and radio services

38   

Application of regulatory regimes to broadcasters

Access to electromagnetic spectrum

39   

Payment for licences

40   

Enforcement of licence terms etc

Video recordings

41   

Classification of video games etc

42   

Designated authority for video games etc

Copyright and performers’ property rights: licensing and penalties

43   

Extension and regulation of licensing of copyright and performers’ rights

44   

Increase of penalties relating to infringing articles or illicit recordings

Public lending right

45   

Public lending right

General

46   

Power to make consequential provision etc

47   

Repeals

48   

Extent

49   

Commencement

50   

Short title

Schedule 1   —   

Classification of video games etc: supplementary provision

Schedule 2   —   

Licensing of copyright and performers’ property rights

Part 1   —   

Regulation of licensing bodies

 
 

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Part 2   —   

Performers’ property rights

Schedule 3   —   

Repeals

 
 

 
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