| Commentary

164 The Digital Economy Act 2010

| Commentary

164 The Digital Economy Act 2010

The Digital Economy Act 2010 received the Royal Assent on 8 April 2010, after being rushed through in a process known as the ‘wash up’ (used when a general election has been called in order to get supposedly non-controversial legislation enacted before the dissolution of Parliament). As a result, some highly controversial provisions, offering remedies against copyright infringement (particularly file-sharing) have been introduced.

Sections 3 to 16 of the Digital Economy Act 2010 introduce new Sections 124A to 124M to the Communications Act 2003, imposing various ‘initial obligations’ on Internet Service Providers (‘ISPs’). ISPs will

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