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The Digital Economy Act

Overview

Passed into law April 2017, the wide-ranging Digital Economy Act introduced several provisions that are detrimental to digital rights. These include crude new online censorship powers, the rollout of age verification (AV) technology that could jeopardize privacy, and a dramatic penalty increase of up to 10 years in prison for minor online copyright infringement. Read more about what’s in the Act here.

ORG fought passage of the Act with multiple briefing submissions to Parliament, testifying before the Public Bill Committee, extensive media exposure, letter and petition campaigns, and regional events. Now that the DEAct is law, ORG will challenge the worst parts in court. The sustained legal effort required to reform this terrible law is made possible by our supporters. If you aren’t already an ORG supporter, consider joining today.

Notable news articles

Yahoo News | 5 May 2017
New piracy laws – here’s how to tell if you’re at risk of a 10 year jail sentence

Torrent Freak | 1 May 2017
10 years in jail for internet pirates now reality in the UK

Mashable | 28 April 2017
How Britain is trying to control the porn you watch

Independent | 20 April 2017
Digital Economy Bill: What could happen after the government crackdown on online pornography.