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UK Anti-Piracy Code Subject to Scrutiny

UK’s communications regulator Ofcom has confirmed that its draft anti-piracy code will be subject to scrutinizing processes.  The confirmation was in response to issues raised by the advocacy group Creative Coalition Campaign (the “CCC”), which called for expedited measures to bring mobile operators within the scope of the code.  

At present, the draft code requires “ISPs with more than 400,000 broadband-enabled fixed lines” to “send notifications to their subscribers” if the subscribers’ accounts are suspected of being used to break copyright law.  Because the code requires approval by both Parliament and the European Commission, any future expansion of the code to impose this notification regime on mobile operators would also be subject to Parliament and Commission approval – and in the view of the CCC, this would result in a significant delay.

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